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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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Government Map Site to Get Springtime Upgrade

February 25, 2013 The government plans to re-launch the 15-month-old federal map sharing website Geoplatform.gov this spring with a new set of user communities similar to those on the government data repository Data.gov, an official said Monday. The user communities will be organized into 17 themes outlined by the Office of Management and...

Sequestration Could Hurt Research on New Data Analysis Tools

February 25, 2013 Among the cuts the White House highlighted in a state-by-state breakdown of the likely effects of sequestration is about 1,000 fewer research grants that will be issued by the National Science Foundation. Those lost grants would affect the work and livelihood of about 12,000 researchers and graduate students, the White...

White House Will Respond to Petition to Re-legalize Unlocking Cellphones

February 21, 2013 Just under the wire, a We the People petition seeking to reverse a decision that made it illegal to “unlock” cellphones has crossed the barrier for a White House response. Unlocking a cellphone allows it to be used on a wireless network other than the one that originally sold it....

New GSA Offering Could Avert the Next Conference Scandal

February 20, 2013 The General Services Administration is considering building a menu of contractors offering services that can help agencies avoid the sort of conference spending scandals that rocked GSA itself in 2012, according to solicitation documents posted Tuesday. Contractors listed on the menu would help centralize agencies’ conference and meeting spending in...

GSA Releases Guidelines to Measure Social Media Impact

February 19, 2013 The General Services Administration released new guidelines for how to measure federal agencies’ social media engagement Tuesday that aim to move beyond raw counts of Twitter followers and Facebook likes. The agency also released a new application programming interface, or API, that will allow people to create customized social media...

We the People (of the World)

February 19, 2013 An interesting side note to the White House’s experiment in digital engagement, We the People, is that the petition site has proved as or more popular among non-Americans as among the “people” of its title. Japanese and Korean citizens took to the site in 2012, for example, to air a...

GSA to Release Federal Social Media Registry Data

February 19, 2013 The General Services Administration plans to publicly release the application programming interface or API that runs its Federal Social Media Registry during a Social Media Week DC event Tuesday, according to a blog post. People using the API will be able to curate the social information they receive from government...

Forest Service Seeks Online Storefront for Digital Maps

February 15, 2013 The U.S. Forest Service wants to contract with online retailers so it can sell digital and digitally-enhanced versions of its national forest maps and atlases along with forest map-based mobile apps, according to solicitation documents posted Thursday. The Forest Service produces numerous hardcopy maps that it sells to about 250,000...

High School Students Should Learn to Code, Obama says

February 15, 2013 It makes sense to require U.S. high school student to learn not just a foreign language but a computer language too, President Obama said Thursday during a video chat using Google Plus’s hangout feature. The conversation, which the White House dubbed a “fireside hangout” after President Roosevelt’s radio addresses to...

FAA Considers Putting Nextgen Weather System in the Cloud

February 14, 2013 The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking industry’s advice on whether it can house a major part of its long-awaited next generation air traffic control system in the cloud, solicitation documents show. The FAA asked vendors about the possible risks and benefits of housing its nextgen weather processor program in the...