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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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What’s a Twitter follower worth?

December 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The mobile phone reviews site PhoneDog, which accused a former staffer of stealing its 17,000 Twitter followers and sought compensation of $2.50 per follower, has apparently settled its lawsuit, CNET reported Monday. That means the world will have to wait a while longer to learn how much the court thinks...

Think tank prescribes social technology to raise Congress’s IQ

December 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to add a link to the report. A report released Tuesday from the New America Foundation urges Congress to make up for its lack of internal expertise by opening up more data to outside groups and by creating a pipeline for those groups to share...

North Carolina launches social media records management platform

December 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow North Carolina’s state government unveiled a social media archiving platform Tuesday that designers believe will be the first to offer complete public access to archived social media data and metadata. The Social Media Archive is in a beta version now and only displays Facebook and Twitter posts from or directed...

House oversight leaders find rare bipartisan agreement on IT reform

December 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One key to rationalizing the way information technology is managed in government is to mandate transparency about what agencies are buying and from whom, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said during Nextgov Prime Monday. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who appeared onstage with Issa, agreed. “Off the shelf software for agency X,...

Up to the Challenge

December 1, 2012 In February 2011, the South Harbor Maine-based startup Flagsuit won a contract to develop new astronaut gloves for testing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. It was a big opportunity for Flagsuit founder and chief executive Peter Homer, who was managing a South Harbor community center when he first...

Tech Roundup

December 1, 2012 Tracking Diplomats The agency charged with securing U.S. embassies plans to purchase a system that could locate and track diplomats during an emergency based on the signals beaming from their satellite and cellphones, documents show. That system could be extremely effective at monitoring security during an embassy or consulate attack,...

Industry groups demand changes to Issa’s IT reform bill

November 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comment from Issa. A coalition of technology vendors demanded changes on Friday to proposed legislation that would overhaul the way agencies purchase information technology, saying they will not endorse the bill in its current form. The groups criticized the Federal Information Technology Reform...

Agencies waste millions acquiring duplicative data on roads, street addresses

November 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget and other federal agencies haven’t done enough to coordinate how geospatial data is collected and shared, a watchdog said Monday. As a result, agencies have wasted millions of dollars gathering duplicative information about roads, street addresses and other data, the Government Accountability Office said....

AT&T subscribers can’t use Smokey’s app in his namesake park

November 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From the All Things Ironic and Ursine Department: Nextgov is running a review of the U.S. Forest Service’s Smokey Bear app this week, part of our Building Better Apps running feature. Smokey’s app is designed to give users information about how to safely build a forest fire. Our private sector...

GSA’s per diem app does one thing well, but it doesn’t do enough

November 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. Our reviewers were mostly satisfied with what the General Services Agency’s Per Diem app does but they didn’t think it did enough. The app lists per diem reimbursement rates for federal employees traveling in the United States. But travelers could...