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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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White House Petition Site Draws Venezuelan Crowds

April 30, 2013 The petition website designed to give citizens “a direct line to the White House on the issues and concerns that matter most” is proving popular outside the U.S. as well. An April 15 We the People petition asking the Obama administration to urge a recount in the Venezuelan presidential election...

G-8 Seeks Apps for Agriculture

April 29, 2013 The U.S. government launched a new agriculture data community on Monday during a special Group of 8 conference in Washington aimed at using open data to produce better crops and more efficient markets. The two day G-8 Conference is focused on better sharing of information that can improve agricultural performance...

Open Source Tech is Driving Big Changes in Government

April 26, 2013 Open source technology is now visible everywhere in government from the basic operating systems that federal computers run on to the blogs, websites and social media tools they use to communicate with the public. Red Hat, which helps companies manage, maintain and secure open source tools, including the operating system...

DARPA Chief: Budget Cuts Will Erode Cyber Mission

April 25, 2013 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s offensive cybersecurity initiative known as Plan X is a “great example of the negative effects of sequestration,” agency Director Arati Prabhakar told reporters Wednesday. DARPA has had to delay Plan X, which aims to lay the groundwork for offensive cyber operations, for several months,...

Social Media Activists Are Wealthy, Educated and on the Rise

April 25, 2013 The percentage of Americans talking politics on social media has skyrocketed since the 2008 elections but politically active people continue to be disproportionately wealthier and better educated, both on social media and in the offline world, a new report shows. About 17 percent of all adults posted links to political...

The Power of a Nudge

April 25, 2013 Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel has cited innovations from a British government group, informally known as the “nudge unit,” as part of his inspiration for a plan to launch evidence-based innovation projects in non-tech sectors of the executive branch. The CIO would receive about $6 million for such projects...

Get Ready for Mobile Only

April 25, 2013 If 2011 and 2012 brought the concept of "mobile first" to government, 2013 may mark the beginning of a trend toward "mobile only," Deloitte Consulting Chief Technology Officer Mark White said Wednesday. There are already some government-built native mobile apps that don’t have a browser-based equivalent, such as EyeNote, a...

Federal Web Visitors are Coming Via Mobile

April 23, 2013 Nearly one-third of federal website visitors surveyed during the past three months said they’d gone to a government site at some point in the past using a smartphone or tablet. Another 16 percent of government Web visitors said they’d never been to federal website on a mobile device but planned...

Federal CIO Imagines One Device, Many Screens

April 23, 2013 One of federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s best attributes -- at least as far as reporters are concerned -- has always been his willingness to speculate about the long-term future. This is a rare quality among federal leaders who are often hesitant to speak about anything five or more...

Sequestration Hashtags and the White House on Vine

April 22, 2013 It’s a popular trope that sequestration is too complex and abstract for the average citizen to pay much attention. That complexity hasn’t stopped both parties from trying to communicate about the slate of automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts in that simplest of all mediums: the Twitter hashtag. House Republican leaders...