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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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Who do Govies Love on Twitter?

February 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Web designer Lee Munroe has built a tool that uses data culled from the handle to deduce the mysteries of the heart. TwitAmore, which Munroe calls a “light humored Web app” pulls information about who you follow, tweet about and favorite to determine who...

White House Touts Citizen Responses to State of the Union

February 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Less than three hours after President Obama completed his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the White House had already posted a collection of citizen responses to the speech. The selected statements -- all supportive of the president -- came from three people using “Citizen Response,” a tool developed...

National Library of Medicine Seeks User Data from Social Media

February 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Library of Medicine wants to mine social media to learn how people are using its services and how it can make those services better, solicitation documents show. The library plans to contract for a system to mine Twitter, Facebook, blogs, news sites, discussion boards [and] video and image...

State of the Union is Most Tweeted in History

February 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tuesday’s State of the Union address was the most tweeted such address in history, White House Digital Strategy Director Macon Phillips reported during a Twitter-enabled chat following the address. About 1.1 million tweets using the #SOTU hash tag were posted during the address, Phillips said, compared with 645,000 tweets using...

White House Previews State of the Union Response Tool

February 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama Administration is previewing the Citizen Response tool it built so people can tell the White House what a particular section of the president’s Tuesday night State of the Union address means to them. The interface highlights each sentence as the reader moves a cursor over the speech. If...

Data.gov Launches a New Consumer Community

February 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated. The team at Data.gov launched its 16th data community on Monday, this one focused on government-gathered data that may be valuable to consumers. The consumer community includes about 500 datasets ranging from census reports to a feed of child product recalls. Most previous Data.gov communities...

The State of the Union Goes Interactive

February 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House is planning a series of digital follow-ons to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, including a tool called Citizen Response that people can use to share specific parts of the speech through social media. People using Citizen Response will also be able to send the Obama...

GSA Seeks Governmentwide Mobile Device Management Contracts

February 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is seeking governmentwide contracts with vendors who can ensure the security of federal employees’ smartphones and tablets and the applications that run on them, solicitation documents show. The agency is looking for vendors with mobile device management and mobile applications management tools that agencies can tack...

Agencies Will Shutter Nearly 400 Data Centers Before October

February 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has shuttered 420 data centers since 2010, 38 of them in the past 10 weeks, according to updated figures the Office of Management and Budget released Friday. Agencies plan to close 396 more centers by the end of September, according to a spreadsheet posted to the government open...

Government Culture Inhibits Shared Services

February 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology has finally caught up with the will to share services more efficiently in government but federal agencies’ siloed and cautious culture is still a major impediment, the senior adviser to the government’s Chief Information Officers Council said Thursday. It’s difficult to convene CIOs from across the government to sort...