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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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Gun policy leads Newtown shooting discussion on Twitter

December 20, 2012 President Obama and many other lawmakers seemed to shift almost immediately after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Friday from expressing sympathy for the victims to promoting policy changes including increased gun control and mental health services. There was a palpable sense that this shooting had galvanized political action...

Citizen Services Fund earns its keep -- and then some

December 20, 2012 The $34 million Citizen Services Fund, which pays for tools such as a common template for writing federal purchase orders and the governmentwide Web interface USA.gov, saved the government nearly twice that dollar figure in fiscal 2012, officials said. The Citizen Services Fund pays for a large share of the...

Prediction: Gun control legislation will come with We the People response

December 19, 2012 President Obama pledged Wednesday that he’ll propose new gun control measures to Congress by the end of January. The president’s announcement came in response to Friday’s shooting of 26 people by a mentally disturbed gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and to a public outcry following the...

Data.gov moving to an open source platform

December 19, 2012 The team that manages Data.gov is well on its way to making the government data repository open source using a new back-end called the Open Government Platform, officials said during a Web discussion Wednesday. The governments of India and Ghana have already launched beta versions of their data catalogues on...

TechAmerica sued by three Midwest members

December 19, 2012 The industry group TechAmerica is being sued by three of its member companies for shutting down its Midwest office but not refunding the companies’ membership dues, according to legal filings. TechAmerica breached its contract with the companies by shuttering its Midwest operations in June, thus “denying members access to a...

Petition criticizing Westboro Baptists is most popular ever on White House site

December 18, 2012 A petition seeking to have the Westboro Baptist Church legally defined as a hate group outpaced a separate petition asking the Obama Administration to support legislation to further restrict gun ownership on the White House’s We the People website Tuesday. Both petitions were posted on Friday shortly after a Newtown,...

NASA goes Gangnam Style

December 17, 2012 From the agency that brought you “We’re NASA and we Know it” and the early hit “I.S.S. Baby” comes this new gem: “NASA Johnson Style,” a Gangnam Style parody. The video was produced by students at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and posted to YouTube Friday. It had been...

Gun violence petition continues to break records on We the People

December 17, 2012 A petition advocating stricter gun regulations that was posted to the White House’s We the People website shortly after a deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., Friday had been signed over 150,000 times by Monday afternoon. That easily makes it the most popular petition ever posted to...

Gun control petition is most popular ever posted to White House site

December 16, 2012 A petition asking the White House to immediately press Congress for tighter restrictions on gun ownership became the most popular ever posted to the White House’s We the People website after less than 48 hours online Sunday. The petition was filed in the hours following an elementary school shooting in...

Gun control petition receives more than 35,000 signatures in just hours online

December 14, 2012 An updated version of this story can be found here. A petition to the White House demanding stricter gun control laws crossed the 25,000 signature barrier for an official White House response after fewer than seven hours online Friday. The petition was created shortly after the shooting rampage at a...