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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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FDA seeks data mining tool to track adverse drug reactions

July 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration is in the market for a data mining tool that will gather information on adverse reactions to vaccines and other drugs, according to solicitation documents posted Monday. The agency expects the new tool to collect better information about potential problems with drugs that FDA already...

Satisfaction with government websites inches up to a record high

July 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Customer satisfaction with federal websites hit a new high in the second quarter of 2012, but remains slightly below the average for all online and offline businesses measured by the consultancy ForeSee, the company reported Tuesday. The margins in both cases are so small as to be nearly nonexistent. Average...

Memories of North Dakota Drones

July 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow My colleague Rebecca Rosen over at the Atlantic Wire picked up an interesting article from Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune about a Predator drone housed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base being lent to local police during a standoff. The subject of the standoff, farmer Rodney Brossart, may be the...

Video: Longest running Earth-imaging satellite turns 40

July 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During four decades in operation, NASA’s Landsat satellite system has tracked the destruction of tropical rainforests, the loss of conservation areas to forest fires, and the shrinking of lakes and inland seas due to irrigation. The longest-running Earth-imaging satellite also has provided free data for researchers studying everything from climate...

USAID considers medical tracking technology in Haiti

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Haiti mission is considering a program to outfit “a large, but yet-to-be determined segment of the Haitian people” with smart cards to track them from doctor to doctor during the medical referral process, according to an announcement on the government’s grants and contracts website....

Streaming Data is One Thing, Interpreting It is Another

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first audience question during the inaugural General Services Administration webinar on implementing the federal digital strategy hit on one of the major thorns in the government’s new push for open data. Why should I open up my data, the questioner asked, when someone can simply grab that data and...

Biggest Barriers to Online Elections Are No Longer Technical

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The greatest barrier to online voting isn’t the technology but accounting for the possibility of fraud and intimidation when poll watchers aren’t monitoring the actual event, an elections expert said Thursday. Full-fledged online voting in Estonia and a pilot program in Norway have found a creative fix by allowing voters...

Half of technology leaders are bullish on big data

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About half of technology experts think the gathering and analysis of troves of big data will produce a “huge positive” for society, while about 40 percent think it will produce a “big negative,” a study released Friday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found. Big data generally refers...

Recovery board’s ‘wall of shame’ gets smaller

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board charged with monitoring spending for the 2009 economic stimulus package tagged fewer noncompliers with its reporting system during the most recent quarter than any other period since the law went into effect, according to a blog post Tuesday. Only 303 of roughly 140,000 spending reports failed to come...

Coming soon: An economic stats app from Census

July 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Census Bureau plans to launch an economic statistics app for iPhone and Android devices in a matter of weeks, outgoing director Robert Groves told lawmakers Wednesday. The agency also is streaming much of its data through an application programming interface, so companies, nonprofits and tech savvy individuals can...