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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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Thinking About a Foreign Service Career? This App Could Help You Decide.

July 19, 2013 This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The State Department’s DOS Careers app offers everything a prospective Foreign Service officer could want, from an overview of the department’s roles and responsibilities to sample questions from the service’s entrance exam, Nextgov’s app reviewers said. Moreover, the app is...

Veterans Outreach Project to Spend $1 Million on Facebook Ads this Year

July 18, 2013 A Veterans Affairs Department outreach campaign that spent $2 million on Facebook advertising last year plans to spend an additional $1 million this year, VA officials said on Thursday. Make the Connection launched in 2011 and was tasked with forging stronger connections between returning veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder...

Contest Aims to Make Proposed U.S. Laws Machine Readable Worldwide

July 17, 2013 The Library of Congress is crowdsourcing an initiative to make it easier for software programs around the world to read, understand and categorize federal legislation. The library is offering a $5,000 prize to the Challenge.gov contestant whose entry best fits U.S. legislation into Akoma Ntoso, an internationally-developed framework that aims...

FDA Wants to Track its Social Media Reach

July 16, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration is in the market for a digital tool to monitor how well it’s getting its message out through social media and whether the public’s response is positive or negative, solicitation documents show. FDA’s external affairs office would use the proposed tool to track how often...

White House Revamps Government Data Trove

July 16, 2013 The White House previewed an update to the government information trove Data.gov on Tuesday that it said would offer better search, more responsive design and deeper background on how the public is using government data. The upgrade follows a speech earlier this month during which President Obama promised to give...

When Government Goes to Burning Man

July 16, 2013 A “temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and self-reliance.” That’s how the annual Burning Man arts festival describes itself in an online FAQ. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management has a different way of describing the festival: 34 computers, 16 phones, five fax lines, 16 Ethernet switches, GPS tracking...

Analysts Expect Government Cloud Spending to Rebound in 2014

July 15, 2013 Government spending on cloud computing stagnated during the 2013 fiscal year, but should pick up again in the middle of 2014. That's according to a new report released Monday. Federal spending on private cloud services is expected to reach $1.7 billion in 2014 and $7.7 billion by 2017, according to...

Are Microsoft's Government Search Days Numbered?

July 15, 2013 The General Services Administration may be on the lookout for a new commercial search engine to use as the backbone for its government-only search tool USASearch, contracting documents show. The government search engine currently runs on Microsoft’s Bing but with tweaks to the algorithm that limit searches to government domains...

Japanese Drones Hit Middle America in WWII

July 15, 2013 Drones seem to epitomize 21st century warfare. Along with cyberattacks they suggest the growing distance between a war’s commanders and the outcomes of their decisions. The idea that technology could allow nations to manage warfare from a distance evidently stretches back at least to the 1940s, though, according to this...

Stopping the Next Benghazi Through Technology

July 15, 2013 Since the terrorist attacks on American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya last year, official Washington has been obsessed with figuring out how it happened and who should shoulder the blame. Meanwhile, the State Department bureau charged with protecting U.S. embassies and consulates is trying to prevent the next such attack. And...