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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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Another kind of secession petition

December 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among the folks using the White House’s We the People petition site to seek independence from the United States is Kevin Baugh, "president" of the “micronation” of Molossia. Molossia consists of Baugh’s home and yard and is entirely surrounded by the state of Nevada. Baugh declared the property a micronation...

Text-to-911 service to be available nationwide in 2014

December 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citizens in danger across the country will be able to text distress calls to 911 by May 2014, following an agreement with the nation’s four largest wireless carriers, the Federal Communications Commission has announced. Major deployments of the text-to-911 service should be available through AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile during...

Could a hookup app help feds?

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Innovation often comes from unexpected places. Coke inventor John Pemberton was trying to develop a headache cure. The inventor of Teflon was trying to make a refrigerant. So I’ve got high hopes for the “approximate location” technology introduced Wednesday by the folks behind the SinglesAroundMe GPS-dating app. A SinglesAroundMe spokeswoman...

Apps aim to help citizens sort through complex economic data

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. Government’s most important job is being a good steward of the economy, citizens told pollsters in advance of the 2012 election. With that in mind, Nextgov asked our private sector app reviewers to take a look at two recently-launched government...

StudentAid.gov provides loan info on the fly

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The Education Department’s StudentAid.gov mobile website has a lot of information for current and prospective college students and the developers made a good decision to go with a mobile website rather than a native app, our reviewers said. The mobile...

America’s Economy app is as mixed as the economic indicators

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The Census Bureau’s America’s Economy app packs a lot of good economic information in one place but that may not be enough for a standalone app, our reviewers said. The app includes frequently updated figures for 16 key economic indicators...

What’s a Twitter follower worth?

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The mobile phone reviews site PhoneDog, which accused a former staffer of stealing its 17,000 Twitter followers and sought compensation of $2.50 per follower, has apparently settled its lawsuit, CNET reported Monday. That means the world will have to wait a while longer to learn how much the court thinks...

Think tank prescribes social technology to raise Congress’s IQ

December 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to add a link to the report. A report released Tuesday from the New America Foundation urges Congress to make up for its lack of internal expertise by opening up more data to outside groups and by creating a pipeline for those groups to share...

North Carolina launches social media records management platform

December 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow North Carolina’s state government unveiled a social media archiving platform Tuesday that designers believe will be the first to offer complete public access to archived social media data and metadata. The Social Media Archive is in a beta version now and only displays Facebook and Twitter posts from or directed...

House oversight leaders find rare bipartisan agreement on IT reform

December 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One key to rationalizing the way information technology is managed in government is to mandate transparency about what agencies are buying and from whom, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said during Nextgov Prime Monday. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who appeared onstage with Issa, agreed. “Off the shelf software for agency X,...