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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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Here Comes GSA's Next Governmentwide Telecom Contract Vehicle

April 9, 2014 The General Services Administration’s information technology contracting office is seeking industry feedback on plans for the next governmentwide contract vehicle for telecommunications and related services. GSA is in the process of developing Network Services 2020, or NS2020, a slate of approved vendors offering everything from basic telephone and data services ...

New Data.gov Section Profiles the Companies That Use It

April 8, 2014 The government’s digital information repository Data.gov launched a new section on Tuesday focused on companies and nonprofits that are using government data to fuel their businesses. The page titled Impact offers brief profiles of 22 companies that consume open government data, including the companies’ financing and number of employees as ...

How Technology Failed to Fix Kenya’s Election

April 7, 2014 It’s perhaps the most common story in all of government technology: A challenge arises; new technology seems to offer the perfect solution; but something happens between concept and execution that makes that technology seem more like a culprit than a savior and that leads people to complain the old analog ...

Former NASA Web Manager Is Crowdfunding Her Discrimination Suit Against the Agency

April 7, 2014 As a Web manager and open government lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Megan Eskey used social media and other innovative approaches to publicize NASA activities. Now she’s using those same tools to publicize a discrimination complaint against her former employer and to crowdsource funds to support her suit and ...

Sometimes the Best Big Data Questions Raise the Biggest Privacy Concerns

April 4, 2014 One useful definition for the unstructured data that underlies most existing and theoretical big data projects is that it was often collected for some purpose other than what the researchers are using it for. That definition was provided by Chris Barrett, executive director of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute during a ...

Remember the HealthCare.gov Woes? State Exchanges Had the Same Problems

April 3, 2014 A parade of executives managing state online health care marketplaces shared stories with Congress on Thursday that echoed the turbulent tale of the federal site HealthCare.gov. Troubles included glitchy launches, conflict with vendors and patchwork personnel changes. The fixes and workarounds instituted by state exchanges often included hiring 100 or ...

Census Needs Better IT Plans for 2020, Auditor Says

April 3, 2014 The U.S. Census Bureau should keep a more diligent testing schedule for information technology initiatives related to the 2020 census or it risks not having a firm plan in place by a 2015 deadline, according to an auditor’s report released on Thursday. Census plans to improve technology in 2020 include ...

The Human Genome’s Secrets: Unlocked and Online

April 2, 2014 After spending decades helping unlock the secrets of the human genome, the National Human Genome Research Institute wants to unlock educational materials about the project from their home at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The museum and the genome research institute partnered on Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, a ...

Is Google's Problem 'Big Data Hubris' or Insufficient Data?

April 1, 2014 The trouble with Google Flu Trends might not be “big data hubris” as charged by a recent analysis in the journal Science, but rather that Google’s data simply wasn’t big enough to be sufficiently predictive, a program director at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity said on Tuesday. The Science ...

What Kind of Tech Exec (or Potential Exec) Are You?

March 31, 2014 Federal technologists face myriad challenges from delivering quality services on a tight budget to keeping employee morale up when salaries are down. Everyone would like to be highly productive, maintain tight security and have a perfectly integrated suite of tools to work with. Unlimited opportunity for innovation would be helpful ...