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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What's the Power of a Meme?

March 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The viral success of a 30-minute video detailing the crimes of Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony has sparked two major debates online. The first, laid out in great detail by our colleagues at The Atlantic, is whether the organization that produced the video, Invisible Children, is really the best...

Obama taps former health care executive to become new CTO

March 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Department Chief Technology Officer Todd Park will be the next federal CTO, replacing Aneesh Chopra, the White House announced Friday. Park made millions in healthcare technology before joining HHS in 2009. He initially was hired as the department's "entrepreneur in residence." According to a June 2011...

Former federal CIO presses for social government

March 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Former federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, once the greatest proponent of cloud technology in government, has declared victory and moved on. As the information technology vendor's new executive vice president for emerging markets, Kundra said he's now focused instead on the way social...

When Big Data Meets Big Politics

March 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Companies are increasingly crunching "big data" culled from your Web search history, email traffic and social networking sites to micro-target you with advertisements that fit your age, gender and even shopping preferences. But companies aren't the only ones getting personal online. Political campaigns also are learning as much as they...

Online privacy must be cooperative, official says

March 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, unveiled in February, was formulated as a voluntary document largely because the Internet is developing faster than the government's ability to regulate it, a White House official said Wednesday. "The average cycle time at the [Federal Communications Commission] is about six years for the...

CIO's Office Re-launches IT Dashboard

March 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday launched an updated version of its two-year-old Federal IT Dashboard, which was created to better track government technology spending. The re-launched dashboard includes more detail about supporting projects that were previously rolled in with their parent projects, according to a blog post...

GAO Launches iPhone, iPad App

March 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office unveiled an iPhone and iPad application on Tuesday that links to mobile versions of all its reports, podcasts, videos and congressional testimony. The watchdog agency created the app because more people were visiting online versions of its reports and testimonies on smartphones and tablets, according to...

Dot-gov reforms clash with transparency objectives

March 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among the several thousand federal websites likely to be shuttered as part of the government's massive dot-gov reform plan, count this one: Extensible Markup Language, or XML, is an extremely simple Web document language that is especially responsive to search queries and easy for other computer programs to read....

Open Government vs. Open Data

March 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new research paper by Harlan Yu and David Robinson does an excellent job of tracing the history of the open government and open data movements and the way the two have been conflated, especially since the beginning of the Obama administration. The authors do a good job of explaining...

Upward Bound

March 1, 2012 Cloud computing has the power to break down office walls by allowing teleworkers to be just as productive as their office-bound peers, advocates say. Others predict it will break the tyranny of the email inbox, replacing it with more collaborative communications and tear down procurement barriers that have kept federal...

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