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Joseph Marks

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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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Bin Laden Tweeters Shun the Limelight

May 2, 2011 The two men credited with breaking the news of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden's death on Twitter are both shunning the spotlight a day later -- as much as one can shun the spotlight while broadcasting 140-character opinions to the world. "Appreciate all the RTs [retweets] and props, but this...

Tweets heard round the world: Live reporting of bin Laden raid shouldn't be surprising, experts say

May 2, 2011 The fact that the CIA firefight outside Islamabad that took Osama bin Laden's life was reported live on Twitter should not shock anyone, experts told Nextgov Monday. Nor should it be surprising that news of bin Laden's death leaked on Twitter before it was picked up by cable news channels...

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Telework Order

May 2, 2011 President Obama signed an executive order Thursday giving federal agencies three months to update their computer policies and purchasing plans to account for an expected surge in federal employees working from home following December's Telework Enhancement Act. The order is aimed at ensuring employees can successfully telecommute without long work...

If the People Stay Home, the Computers Must Follow

April 29, 2011 President Obama signed an executive order Thursday giving federal agencies three months to update their computer policies and purchasing plans to account for an expected surge in federal employees working from home following December's Telework Enhancement Act. The order is aimed at ensuring employees can successfully telecommute without long work...

What Do You Do Online? Commerce Wants to Know

April 29, 2011 The census supplement that's been tracking Americans' Internet use since the late '90s will begin probing deeper with the 2010 results due out later this year, asking how Americans spend their time online and what they pay for it, a Commerce Department economist told colleagues Thursday. The annual Current Population...

GAO sustains protest of $25 million Booz Allen Hamilton networking contract

April 29, 2011 The Government Accountability Office has recommended pulling a $25 million task order the Defense Information Systems Agency awarded Booz Allen Hamilton to enable the transmission of data between secure Defense Department computer networks. The major defense and technology contractor fudged the likely cost of its employees' workspace, artificially lowering its...

Obama's iPad

April 28, 2011 President Obama was monitoring hurricane damage throughout the South in conference calls with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Director Chris Fugate Thursday. Some observant tweeters noted he may also have been tracking the damage on his favorite new digital toy. Obama confirmed he's an iPad user at a...

Feds to Close 137 Data Centers by 2012

April 27, 2011 The government has closed 39 federal data centers in the past five months and is on track to close nearly 100 more before the end of the year, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said at a White House event Wednesday. Kundra's 25-point plan to reform federal IT management calls...

Obama orders streamlining of federal websites

April 27, 2011 President Obama issued an executive order on Wednesday tasking federal agencies with creating new technology-based plans to improve their customer service within six months. The plan is also aimed at streamlining the clutter of more than 20,000 federal websites now in operation, federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients told an...

Agencies to close 137 data centers and move 100 email systems to the cloud

April 27, 2011 Federal officials on Wednesday released a list of 137 government data centers slated to close by the end of the year.The information they hold will either be consolidated into other data centers or moved to rented space in a public or private cloud. Thirty-nine of those data centers already have...