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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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USDA plans internal app store in 2012

December 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Agriculture Department is developing a mobile application it believes will cut in half the travel required of its Natural Resources Conservation Service employees working on projects to reduce chemical runoff at farms, an Agriculture official said Wednesday. The department also is working on a mobile app for veterinarians reporting ...

Social media isn't a major path to radicalization

December 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Al Qaeda and other Muslim extremist groups are active on Facebook, YouTube and other social media, but that doesn't mean they're making much impact, experts testified before a House panel Tuesday. Internet discussions are a poor replacement for in-person extremist recruiting because they lack the same level of intimidation and ...

If you think you'll save money with cloud computing, think again

December 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been corrected to remove an error in the government’s cloud adoption timeline. More than half of organizational users saved little or no money after transitioning to cloud computing, according to a new study, and only 14 percent actually downsized their information technology departments after moving to the ...

If you think you'll save money with cloud computing, think again

December 6, 2011 More than half of organizational users saved little or no money after transitioning to cloud computing, according to a new study, and only 14 percent actually downsized their information technology departments after moving to the cloud. The findings could concern federal IT officials who have said they would save roughly ...

Navy considers the power of Google

December 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One thing to keep in mind as agencies debate jumping onto Google Plus, the search giant's nascent social networking site: Google could use its 65 percent share of the U.S. search market to favor Google Plus pages, either by adjusting its algorithm to favor them directly or by posting them ...

U.S., India take step toward launching Data.gov in a Box

December 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has published the first smatterings of computer code for a project that will grow into a ready-made open government data platform for other nations, White House technology leaders said Monday. The project, called Data.gov in a Box, is a joint venture between the U.S. and Indian governments ...

Tweet this: Some popular agencies have poor social media skills

December 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new dashboard created by the nonprofit group Expert Labs ranks 125 federal agencies each week based on their public engagement on Twitter. The Federal Social Media Index mixes traditional measures of Twitter success, such as the number of new followers an agency gains weekly, with more complex indicators such ...

Tweet this: Some popular agencies have poor social media skills

December 2, 2011 A new dashboard created by the nonprofit group Expert Labs ranks 125 federal agencies each week based on their public engagement on Twitter. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Navigating the Hatch Act in the Internet Age

December 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The folks over at OhMyGov have put together a handy infographic for federal employees to share political views on their personal blogs and through social media without violating the 1939 Hatch Act. The post is based on a 2010 Frequently Asked Questions primer from the Office of Special Counsel. The ...

Window on The World

December 1, 2011 More than 40 nations have joined a partnership to promote transparency, but what that means depends on where you live. One irony of the digital revolution is that it has made the once relatively simple concept of government transparency significantly more opaque. In the old days of paper, transparency generally ...