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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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Blacks, Hispanics Follow More Public Figures on Social Media

November 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Connecting with politicians, celebrities and athletes is a low priority for most social media users, but it's significantly more common among black and Hispanic users than among whites, according to a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Twitter users are also more likely to say following ...

E-gov cuts could endanger digital transparency initiatives, groups say

November 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two transparency groups urged senators Wednesday not to combine the e-government fund with the Federal Citizen Services Fund, both of which pay for government transparency initiatives. The letter from OMB Watch and the Sunlight Foundation follows a similar White House request in a Statement of Administration Policy sent to the ...

USAJobs relaunch was 'living hell,' OPM official says

November 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first week after the Office of Personnel Management's extremely buggy launch of USAJobs 3.0, the newly insourced federal jobs board, was "living hell," the agency's chief information officer said Wednesday. "No one could have ever expected to have the volume of people hit the site that we had," CIO ...

Whipcast App: Promotion, not Transparency

November 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lest the meaning of the word collapse entirely, it's worth reminding some politicians that it's not really transparency if it doesn't hurt...even just a little bit. The new Whipcast app launched by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Friday purports to be "part of the House Republicans' commitment to transparency." ...

Reforming government websites with app developers in mind

November 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among the most important developments in the relaunched FCC.gov website is its use of open source application programming interfaces, the Federal Communications Commission's new media specialist Gray Brooks said recently. APIs are essentially buckets of information that can be easily accessed and read by other computers. A large portion of ...

Reforming government websites with app developers in mind

November 14, 2011 Among the most important developments in the relaunched FCC.gov website is its use of open source application programming interfaces, the Federal Communications Commission's new media specialist Gray Brooks said recently. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Interior Launches New Crowdsourcing Map Portal

November 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Interior Department launched a new Web tool Thursday that pulls together a slew of interactive, government-produced maps that users can mash together and lay their own data on top of. The "geospatial platform," which Interior said is a prototype, also includes some maps from state, local and tribal governments. ...

Social media for emergency managers can't start when the emergency does

November 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Developing emergency managers' capacity to benefit from social media requires more than simply training them to monitor Facebook pages and to adopt new technology to separate sound from noise in the cacophonous Twitter feed following a disaster, experts said Thursday. To use social media effectively during emergencies, officials also must ...

IT Spending: Elections and Electronics

November 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Information technology isn't entirely non-partisan, Shawn McCarthy, research director for IDC Government Insights, said during a web presentation Wednesday. Administration-to-administration changes are only at the margins though and, because most IT budgeting is done in multi-year cycles, it can take a year or more for those minor shifts to show ...

White House limits feds' mobile devices to cut costs

November 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Obama administration executive order aimed at cutting government waste includes a plan to trim "duplicative and unnecessary" employee information technology devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. Most of the duplication in federal employees' personal IT devices involves computers, not phones, said Cindy Auten, general manager of the Telework ...