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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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A Tech Evolutionary

May 1, 2012 One of the formative moments of federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s life was watching Star Wars in the movie theater as a child. That might not be surprising for a man who describes himself as “the tech geek” and who spent 15 years working his way up the Microsoft ...

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Tech Roundup

May 1, 2012 Chain Reaction Counterfeit materials increasingly endanger the military supply chain. Because technology often touches many hands in foreign countries before reaching a contractor, malicious actors have multiple opportunities to taint materials. In March, the Government Accountability Office announced its undercover investigators had ordered military-grade parts from online portals and received ...

The Cloud is Vital for Sharing Census Data

April 30, 2012 National Archives and Records Administration Chief Information Officer Michael Wash has run some numbers since NARA put the 1940 census online April 2. NARA outsourced hosting for the site to a cloud-based system managed by Archives.com. The genealogy site won a solicitation to host the platform on a no-cost contract, ...

Communities crop up around Data.gov

April 30, 2012 Officials at the government repository Data.gov launched a new community on Saturday that provides forums for developers to share experiences, ask questions and request data sets that aren’t yet available. Officials wanted Developers.Data.gov to be available in time for the Sunlight Foundation’s Transparency Camp Saturday and Sunday, an annual meeting ...

The Introvert’s Dilemma in a Tech-Enabled World

April 27, 2012 The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting take on the shifting divide between introverts and extroverts in modern society. Author William Pannapacker, who’s an English professor at Michigan’s Hope College, contends introversion is nearly pathologized by a contemporary culture that celebrates powerful, charismatic personalities to the exclusion of quiet ...

Republicans boycott technology field hearing

April 27, 2012 Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee won’t participate in a proposed field hearing May 11 to get feedback from Northern Virginia technology firms that are major government contractors, the committee’s chairman said Thursday. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to the event’s Democratic hosts Thursday ...

Salesforce.com launches suite of government cloud tools

April 25, 2012 The cloud provider Salesforce.com is launching a federal version of its tools, which take a social networking approach to corporate functions such as sales, human resources management and training, according to Vivek Kundra, a company vice president and former federal chief information officer, who spoke Wednesday at a Salesforce event ...

Sea of Japan Dispute Tops White House Petition Site

April 24, 2012 Score one for the White House's petition site We the People when it comes to fostering public debate. A March 22 petition aimed at removing the name "Sea of Japan" from U.S. textbooks has shot to the number one spot on the petition site, gaining nearly 100,000 online signatures in ...

GSA Tool Will Verify Fed Social Media Accounts

April 24, 2012 The General Services Administration is reportedly working on a validation tool to help people verify whether a Tumblr account, Facebook page or Twitter handle that purports to be from a federal official or agency is legitimate. Sara Cope over at SocialFeds watched a preview of the tool called the Social ...

Executive order targets Internet monitoring in Syria and Iran

April 23, 2012 AP photo President Obama issued an executive order Monday authorizing sanctions against Syrian intelligence chief Ali Mamluk and other Syrian and Iranian officials and agencies for using the Internet, cellphones and other new technology to commit human rights abuses. The directive described Syrian and Iranian efforts to monitor, track, disrupt ...