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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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State Sticks with ‘Sea of Japan’ in Response to Online Petitions

July 3, 2012 The State Department engaged in a little online diplomacy Friday when it responded to one of the most popular petitions to climb the White House’s We the People citizen petition site since its launch. The petition, signed by more than 100,000 people -- many of them South Koreans and Korean ...

Don Draper Meets Big Data

July 2, 2012 Among the best things about covering advances in big data analysis is you begin bumping into big data concepts in all sorts of unexpected places. Witness this recent episode of the Slate podcast "Lexicon Valley" on verbal anachronisms in the TV shows Mad Men and Downton Abbey. Host Mike Vuolo ...

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Tech Roundup

July 1, 2012 Network Defense The Obama administration is expanding to all military contractors a computer security program that shares classified threat information. After a year of trials with select vendors, the Defense Industrial Base, or DIB, cybersecurity pilot program will invite all military vendors and their Internet service providers to voluntarily join ...

Experts split on the homes of the future

June 29, 2012 About half of 1,021 technology leaders think the homes of 2020 will be fully Internet-enabled, with computer systems doing everything from writing out grocery lists to fixing leaky faucets, according to a report released Friday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center ...

Working the crowd: How USAID leveraged free labor to map a loan program’s effectiveness

June 29, 2012 The crowd can be a great source of free labor, as long as you’ve done most of the hard work in advance and you’ve given those volunteers a good reason to participate, officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Geocenter said Thursday. The Geocenter recently tapped 145 volunteers to ...

What could Watson do with the budget?

June 28, 2012 The Energy Department’s former science chief mused Wednesday about what IBM’s Jeopardy-winning Watson technology could do with the federal budget. Steven Koonin was leading a panel discussion at an IBM Capitol Hill briefing on big data analytics when he paused to half-seriously pitch the concept to IBM executives. “It would ...

Technology Made Health Care Reform Personal

June 28, 2012 Alone among the branches of government, the judiciary is meant to stay above the hurly burly of daily politicking and heartrending stories, and to take a 30,000 foot view of the world. There are no harrowing tales of uninsured children -- let alone doomed grandmothers -- in Thursday’s ruling on ...

National lab, IBM team up on supercomputer initiative

June 27, 2012 IBM and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working together on a project to leverage supercomputing to help industry better spot trends and more quickly develop new technologies, the pair announced Wednesday. The new supercomputer, called Vulcan, will use some of the same ultrafast technology underlying Lawrence Livermore’s Sequoia, recently ...

Defense Builds Its Own Reddit

June 27, 2012 The Defense Department is planning to launch a Reddit-like platform where service members can post new ideas and vote them up or down, according to a Defense News report. The new tool, Eureka, will be part of the military’s suite of social media mirroring sites including miBook and miTube, which ...

Stuck in Traffic? DOT Wants an App to Prevent That.

June 26, 2012 The Transportation Department’s Intelligent Transportation Systems division is after new smart sensors that can measure everything from road conditions and traffic density to visibility, according to a request for information released Monday. Data from the sensors will be incorporated into new Dynamic Mobility Applications the office is working on to ...