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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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Government's Role in Innovation

March 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An event that seemed to promise a fight over government's proper role in innovation Thursday evening turned surprisingly conciliatory instead. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, an editor at The Economist and author of the new book Need, Speed, and Greed, about the postindustrial economy, threw the hardest blow. "The history of government involvement...

Wanted: A brand-agnostic strategy for mobile devices

March 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government data should be open, written in a common computer language and available through any electronic device, federal Deputy Chief Information Officer Lisa Schlosser said Thursday. That's the advice Schlosser's office has heard from technologists in government, the private sector and academia, she said, as it prepares to launch a...

Tackling government innovation through a new funding model

March 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's no shortage of ideas for ways to better leverage technology to improve health and education in the developing world and there's no shortage of people interested in putting those ideas into practice, the chief innovation officer for the United States Agency for International Development said Wednesday. The problem, Maura...

So Who Actually Used Megaupload? Feds and Senate Staff, Founder Says.

March 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among the Megaupload users who lost access to their data when the Justice Department shut the file sharing site down in January were some Justice employees and U.S. Senate staffers, the site's founder Kim Dotcom told the blog Torrentfreak in a Monday post. Justice officials seized the file sharing site,...

Cloud will change intelligence community's business model

March 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing has the power to not only change the way the federal intelligence community manages information technology, but also to fundamentally change agencies' business models, according to a report released Tuesday. That change will be effective, however, only if intelligence agencies are prepared to modify their own organizational cultures...

NASA's App Challenge Takes to the Stars

March 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's new application-building challenge can boast one thing no other agency can top: participants aboard the International Space Station. The space station is included in a list of locations where volunteer developers will be participating in the challenge. A presumably tongue-in-cheek note explains "transportation will not be provided." The apps...

Interior to Buy New iPads 'or equal'

March 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Interior Department's National Business Center is wasting no time prepping its order for the new, third-generation iPads, set to be released at the end of the week. The center posted a presolicitation notice Friday saying it intends to buy at least 20 of the new tablets "or equal." It...

Big data meets interested government

March 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Intelligence agencies increasingly are looking beyond the satellite photos and secret reports upon which they've traditionally relied for insight into U.S. adversaries' actions and are turning to data-crunching algorithms that can sift through massive piles of disparate information, such as GPS reports, social media posts and online images, said Amr...

What's the Power of a Meme?

March 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The viral success of a 30-minute video detailing the crimes of Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony has sparked two major debates online. The first, laid out in great detail by our colleagues at The Atlantic, is whether the organization that produced the video, Invisible Children, is really the best...

Obama taps former health care executive to become new CTO

March 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Department Chief Technology Officer Todd Park will be the next federal CTO, replacing Aneesh Chopra, the White House announced Friday. Park made millions in healthcare technology before joining HHS in 2009. He initially was hired as the department's "entrepreneur in residence." According to a June 2011...

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