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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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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 ...

Big data can Moneyball government services

April 19, 2012 The initial version of this story misidentified the vendor of a 2011 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services system to track improper payments. It has been corrected. The federal government could learn from the state of Michigan and the Oakland Athletics, Teradata Corp. executive Darryl McDonald told a House panel ...

Are Military KIA Notifications too Slow for the Facebook Age?

April 18, 2012 The speed of social information has forced many groups to compromise on old standards of formality and dignity when sharing important information. One of the most profound examples is a debate taking place now on SpouseBUZZ, a website for military family members, about whether the traditional notification process for when ...

Regulations.gov relaunch coming soon

April 16, 2012 Federal officials plan to completely overhaul Regulations.gov during 2012 to make the electronic rule-making website more intuitive for users, according to version 2.0 of the Environmental Protection Agency's open government plan. The updates also will make it easier for developers to automatically stream proposed rules onto their own websites using ...

What Happens at the President's Innovation Cohort?

April 12, 2012 Tuesday's news that the White House is forming a chief technology officers' council shed light on a seldom-discussed group: the President's Innovation Cohort. The new CTO council -- it doesn't have an official name yet -- will be a place for appointed and career CTOs to hash out common problems, ...

White House: Eyes on a prize could stir innovation

April 12, 2012 Chuck Kennedy/White House The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy followed up its Tuesday report on the effect of prize challenges in government on Thursday with a wish list for future challenges. The government, for example, could fund a challenge for a digital tutor that would enable high ...

Texts From Hillary Quits While It's Ahead

April 11, 2012 Looking for tips for a well-managed meme? One might be quitting while you're ahead. The folks over at Texts From Hillary bowed out gracefully Wednesday, a day after the Secretary herself submitted an entry in which she told the site creators she was "ROFL @ ur tumblr!" Clinton also invited ...

White House Facebook Timeline Goes Back to the Beginning

April 11, 2012 The White House has taken the Facebook timeline concept to a whole new level by adding images stretching all the way back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. The timeline includes light moments and more somber ones. It also points out some odd American preoccupations. There are large gaps of course. ...