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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White House hopes new website will help create jobs

January 13, 2012 The Obama administration is building a new online presence to empower job creators with the information -- and financing -- they need to reverse the nation's unemployment figures. Read the whole story at

Federal CIO launches mobile roadmap

January 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House photo Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel launched an interactive dialogue on government mobile policy on Wednesday that he said would be the first step toward a governmentwide mobile roadmap due out in March. That roadmap, VanRoekel said, will address a range of issues from ways the government...

Interior to rebid cloud contract after yearlong legal squabble

January 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Interior Department plans to reopen bidding on a contract to move its 88,000 email users to a single cloud-based system, according to a presolicitation notice posted Monday, four months after the department agreed to toss a 2010 award for that transition to Microsoft Corp. The department withdrew the original...

Interior to rebid cloud contract after yearlong legal squabble

January 11, 2012 The Interior Department plans to reopen bidding on a contract to move its 88,000 email users to a single cloud-based system, according to a presolicitation notice posted Monday, four months after the department agreed to toss a 2010 award for that transition to Microsoft Corp. Read the whole story at...

Dot-Gov Reform

January 11, 2012 Around the time he took office as the nation's 28th president in 1913, Woodrow Wilson wrote that "government ought to be all outside and no inside." That simple binary made sense 99 years ago. At the time, the results of government studies, executive orders and meeting notes were either available...

ICANN CEO: Cities, States Eager for New Top-Level Domains

January 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some of the greatest interest in the slate of new top-level Internet domain names set to be opened up Thursday has come from governments, the chief executive of the non-profit body that will oversee those new domains said. In some cases national governments are interested in new top-level domains that,...

Most apps are built by government, not the public

January 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Richard B. Levine/Newscom Information from the government's massive data set repository,, went into about 1,100 new applications and mashups developed by the public and government during the 16 months preceding September 2011, according to a recent report. That's a substantial increase of the tool's use in previous years. The...

Fewer online petitions posted to We the People website

January 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chanin Knight/ Fewer than 15 petitions were actively collecting signatures on the White House's We the People website Tuesday, among the lowest numbers since the site's September 2011 launch. About 40 other petitions were still posted to the experiment in digital democracy Tuesday, although they already had gathered enough signatures...

The Great Gov Apps Debate Hits NOAA

January 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang has put together probably the best presentation to date of the ideological conflict between government-built mobile applications and industry-built apps that rely on government data. According to the Weather Gang's report, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials put the kibosh on any government-built weather...

Here's what the Twittersphere #Ask[ed]State

January 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As part of its 21st Century Statecraft month, the State Department is accepting Twitter questions during January in 10 languages under the hash tag #AskState. Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland is answering a selection of those questions after her daily press briefing each Friday. In its first week, the digital experiment...

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