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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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EPA showcases new environmental apps

November 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Light Bulb Finder, a mobile phone application that helps users pick more energy-efficient bulbs for their homes, was the overall winner of the Environmental Protection Agency's Apps for the Environment challenge. The second-place finisher, showcased during an EPA event in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, was Hootroot, an app that ...

Close Encounters of the Civic Kind

November 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race," the Obama Administration boldly stated Monday. There is also "no credible information to suggest that any evidence [about extraterrestrials] is being hidden ...

DOD Misses Data Center Plan Deadline Again

November 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than a month after its official due date, the Defense Department still hasn't released a detailed plan and progress report on its massive data center consolidation program. The Defense Department owns about one-third of the government's roughly 2,800 official data centers. The government plans to close 1,000 or more ...

National Archives to launch Citizen Archivist Dashboard

November 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Archives and Records Administration plans to launch in December an online Citizen Archivist Dashboard through which volunteers can tag, transcribe and write articles about scanned NARA documents, said Pamela Wright, the agency's chief digital access strategist. NARA initially will put up about 300 documents for transcription, Wright said ...

The Internet as Enlightenment 2.0

November 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internet is proof that John Locke was right and Thomas Hobbes was wrong, says Bertrand de La Chapelle, program director of the International Diplomatic Academy in Paris and a board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The Internet's relatively ungoverned space hasn't given way to ...

White House defends We the People petition responses

November 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House took umbrage Thursday with comments and blog posts claiming it hasn't taken its responses to petitions posted on its new We the People website seriously. "Every petition that reaches the threshold is put through a review process that begins with the policy experts who deal in the ...

For a Few Mhz more: Spectrum and Emergency Responders

November 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What could emergency responders do with a little more spectrum, a lot more money and a healthy assist from modern technology? To begin with, they could set up effortless communication between local emergency responders and out-of-towners who are called in for a major disaster but whose equipment works on a ...

NIST releases cloud computing roadmap

November 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government should establish common cloud computing products and services standards so agencies can easily shift their business to a new provider if their current vendor isn't meeting their needs, a government technology reviewer said Tuesday. Without those standards, agencies may invest in major cloud programs that are quickly made ...

Who's Tweeting in Zimbabwe?

November 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A State Department blog post has been making the Twitter rounds recently describing how U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray used social media to engage Zimbabwean youth and counter anti-American propaganda. The first three paragraphs of Ray's blog post are in the never too old to start Tweeting vein, describing ...

Former e-gov administrator launches cloud best practices site

November 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government plan to save 15 percent to 20 percent of the federal information technology budget through cloud computing is an achievable goal, the nation's former e-government administrator told Nextgov on Tuesday. But those savings can be realized only if agencies commit to reforming the way they manage data and ...