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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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Federal CTO Todd Park taps the private sector to drive innovation

July 27, 2012 In mid-2010, the already frenetic Todd Park was in overdrive. President Obama had just signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the most significant reform of the American health care system since Medicare. It was Park’s job to figure out how government could use technology to make the law’s implementation...

The Dot-Gov Footprint Is Inching Down

July 26, 2012 A governmentwide effort to slash the federal Web presence is clearly still on despite some indications it might be delayed by other elements of the government digital strategy launched in May. There are 1,122 top-level federal Web domains that are still active and not redirecting to other sites, according to...

Disability rules complicate federal websites’ smartphone and tablet displays

July 26, 2012 With smartphone and tablet users making up a growing percentage of Internet traffic, many private sector websites have adopted responsive Web design, which can determine the type of device a visitor is using and then tailor its display accordingly. A visitor on a smartphone might see fewer menu options, for...

Secret Service seeks commercial portal to access law enforcement networks

July 25, 2012 The Secret Service is looking for a commercial alternative to its in-house system for accessing two crime databases, according to solicitation documents posted Monday. The commercial system must access the National Crime Information Center, a database for federal, state and local law enforcement, and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System,...

Something You Meant to Say? Don’t Let Death Stop You.

July 24, 2012 The pharaohs once built massive tombs to telegraph their wealth and power to future generations. A Twin Cities company is now offering a more cost effective alternative, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune: a gravestone-embedded QR code that takes smartphone wielding cemetery walkers to a website with information about the...

FDA seeks data mining tool to track adverse drug reactions

July 24, 2012 The Food and Drug Administration is in the market for a data mining tool that will gather information on adverse reactions to vaccines and other drugs, according to solicitation documents posted Monday. The agency expects the new tool to collect better information about potential problems with drugs that FDA already...

Satisfaction with government websites inches up to a record high

July 24, 2012 Customer satisfaction with federal websites hit a new high in the second quarter of 2012, but remains slightly below the average for all online and offline businesses measured by the consultancy ForeSee, the company reported Tuesday. The margins in both cases are so small as to be nearly nonexistent. Average...

Memories of North Dakota Drones

July 23, 2012 My colleague Rebecca Rosen over at the Atlantic Wire picked up an interesting article from Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune about a Predator drone housed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base being lent to local police during a standoff. The subject of the standoff, farmer Rodney Brossart, may be the...

Video: Longest running Earth-imaging satellite turns 40

July 23, 2012 During four decades in operation, NASA’s Landsat satellite system has tracked the destruction of tropical rainforests, the loss of conservation areas to forest fires, and the shrinking of lakes and inland seas due to irrigation. The longest-running Earth-imaging satellite also has provided free data for researchers studying everything from climate...

USAID considers medical tracking technology in Haiti

July 20, 2012 The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Haiti mission is considering a program to outfit “a large, but yet-to-be determined segment of the Haitian people” with smart cards to track them from doctor to doctor during the medical referral process, according to an announcement on the government’s grants and contracts website....

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