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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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Dot-Gov Reform Effort Making Progress

December 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The push to drastically reduce the number of government-run websites is making quiet progress. The list of all top-level federal Web domains posted to Data.gov -- which has hovered around 1,650 for more than a month -- dropped to 1,551 over the weekend. About 280 of the remaining sites are ...

Appropriations bill hikes e-government fund

December 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A joint House and Senate 2012 appropriations bill splits apart two funds that promote transparency initiatives, the e-government fund and the Federal Citizen Services Fund, a victory for champions of digital open government. The conference bill appropriates $12.4 million to the e-government fund, up from $8 million in 2011. That ...

Transparency board urges single government spending ID

December 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Agencies should integrate the various computer systems they use to track federal grant, contract and award spending and assign each payment a universal identification number that will be recognized governmentwide, according to a report released Wednesday. The government also should leverage new Web-based investigative techniques ...

Tech Titans Combat SOPA, Protect IP Act with Communications 1.0

December 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A who's who of information technology entrepreneurs has taken to a very traditional medium to defend their interests -- a full page ad in the New York Times. Titled "An open letter to Washington," the ad on page A19 of Wednesday's Times urges members of Congress and the Administration to ...

New bar for responding to We the People petitions may be too high

December 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House could have overshot the mark when it raised the bar for an official response to petitions posted to its We the People website to 25,000 signatures in one month. White House officials increased the threshold Oct. 3 after more than 30 petitions topped the original 5,000-signature barrier ...

Window on The World

December 14, 2011 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 meant two things: meetings and documents. The game was about what public officials would show you and what they wouldn't ...

EU to Launch Open Data Portal

December 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This blog post has been updated to clarify the portal's launch date The European Union's governing body has developed an early version of a public data portal and plans to launch the final website by Spring 2012, the European Commission said in a press release Monday. "In time this will ...

How technology will test the Constitution

December 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As technology advances, governments and citizens will face constitutional and legal questions that could barely have been imagined before, legal scholars at the Brookings Institution said Tuesday. Could Google or Facebook, in 2030, for instance, live stream feeds from security cameras dotting the globe? Or would that violate U.S. citizens' ...

It's apps vs. mobile-enabled websites in GSA smackdown

December 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies looking to push their content onto mobile platforms are better off building mobile-enabled websites that can be accessed from any smartphone or tablet than building native apps that live only on one particular platform, Neil Bonner, a mobile specialist at the Transportation Security Administration, said recently. Unlike native apps, ...

Clinton Condemns Spy Software Sales to Syria

December 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Western technology companies suspected of selling surveillance technology to Syria and other repressive regimes in a speech on Internet Freedom Thursday, while acknowledging dual use technologies and third-party resellers sometimes make it difficult for tech companies to keep their hands clean. "When companies sell ...