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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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March 1, 2012 Taking The Lead The Homeland Security Department is taking over a heralded Pentagon project that shared classified intelligence with select military contractors and their communications providers. The new arrangement puts DHS, the civilian agency responsible for facilitating the protection of private critical infrastructure, in charge of communicating with private Internet...

A Crowdsourced Tribute to Syria's Victims

February 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once conflict reporting became a crowdsourced affair, perhaps it was inevitable that tributes to those conflicts' victims would be managed by the masses as well. The folks over at the Voice of America's Middle East Voices site recently launched a Faces of the Fallen page where people inside Syria can...

Cloud computing may disrupt your workplace -- in a good way

February 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing has the power to break down office walls by allowing teleworkers to be just as productive as their office-bound peers, advocates say. Others predict it will break the tyranny of the email inbox, replacing it with more collaborative communications and tear down procurement barriers that have kept federal...

Government geoplatform to launch by October

February 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and began gushing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, mapping divisions at the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and numerous other agencies all had a stake in providing timely, accurate information. Each division was building those maps inside its...

Setting Data Free

February 29, 2012 The government launched its massive data set trove Data.gov in 2009 with a clear mission: to put information the government was gathering anyway into the hands of private sector and nonprofit Web and mobile app developers. Once that data was out, the White House imagined, developers would set about turning...

OMB to Combine Mobile Roadmap and Web Reform Strategies

February 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal information technology leaders plan to combine two major policy documents due out soon into one -- the federal mobility strategy and a plan to consolidate and reform federal websites. "The CIO and his team are currently developing a strategy for creating a 21st century digital government that will address...

Cost savings draw governments worldwide to the cloud

February 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cost savings are the biggest driver to cloud computing for national, state and local governments and security concerns are the greatest barrier, a survey released Tuesday found. About one-fourth of respondents said their government division would have to realize information technology savings of up to 10 percent to make a...

Government tablet adoption may triple by 2013, survey finds

February 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal technology managers expect an average of about 20 percent of their agencies' employees will be using computer tablets professionally in 2013, according to a new survey by MeriTalk, a government IT industry group. That's up from about 7 percent in 2011, MeriTalk said. The survey projects a smaller increase...

Agencies Create Millions of Maps Using New Tool

February 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Beta users are building between 4 million and 6 million maps each day in Esri's new cloud-based ArcGIS Online mapping tool, President Jack Dangermond said Wednesday. Those beta users are largely federal, state and local government agencies that have blanket software license agreements with the geographic information systems company. Esri...

Agencies must set rules around cloud vendors' access to data, report says

February 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is behind many states and businesses in its adoption of cloud computing, but it is on track to be one of the largest purchasers of cloud storage and could have an outsized effect on what commerce looks like in the still developing industry, a primer on best...

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