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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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First White House Petition Crosses Raised Response Threshold

February 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first petition posted to the White House’s We the People website has crossed the threshold to receive an official administration response since that bar was raised in January. The White House’s Digital Strategy Office raised the threshold from 25,000 signatures in one month to 100,000 signatures in one month,...

Contacting lawmakers at the click of a button

February 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Writing to your legislator used to actually mean…well, writing to your legislator. Then it meant emailing. Now the state of Washington is taking things one step further by letting people write to their lawmakers by commenting directly on a piece of proposed legislation. The system asks for a commenter’s address...

When the people speak, is anyone listening?

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House’s online petition website We the People showcased both unity and division as 2012 came to a close. Division came first. In the weeks after President Obama’s reelection in November 2012, citizens from all 50 states took to the site to demand permission to secede from the union....

White House plans to release We the People 2.0

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House developers are planning an updated version of their popular We the People petition site that will allow petitioners to collect signatures from external websites and submit them en masse, officials said Tuesday. The 2.0 version of We the People also will allow non-government developers to retrieve machine-readable data...

What government can learn from House of Cards

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Alongside the legitimate excitement about how the Netflix-produced, online-only dramatic series House of Cards might change how we consume TV shows, there’s been a minor hubbub about the big data behind the streaming service’s original production. In a November article, Wired detailed how Netflix mined its customers’ viewing habits to...

Wanted: Top-notch techies to take a short-term stab at government's problems

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The White House is seeking a new slate of external entrepreneurs and technologists to serve short-term tours tackling thorny government problems. The second round of Presidential Innovation Fellows will focus on developing: Technological tools to mitigate damage and save lives during natural disasters and other...

Feds want a more robust insurance database before Obamacare rollout

February 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is seeking a contractor to help expand and manage its database of information about private health insurance plans as new parts of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act come online, solicitation documents show. Officials expect the number of private insurers using the Health Insurance Oversight System, or HIOS, to...

HHS innovator seeks better digital digs

February 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department’s Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak is looking for a better Web platform to highlight his office’s activities, solicitation documents show. Sivak’s office is responsible for numerous projects including making health care data more open to the public, making health records more accessible via smartphones...

When the People Speak Is Anyone Listening?

February 1, 2013 The White House’s online petition website We the People showcased both unity and division as 2012 came to a close. Division came first. In the weeks after President Obama’s reelection in November 2012, citizens from all 50 states took to the site to demand permission to secede from the union....

Tech Roundup

February 1, 2013 Radio Static The Homeland Security Department spent $430 million on a fruitless plan to enable radio users departmentwide to communicate on the same frequency, according to an internal audit released in November 2012. Of 479 radio users the DHS inspector general tested, only one knew how to tune in to...