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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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Obama vows to fight for Internet freedom on Reddit

August 29, 2012 This story has been updated. President Obama took to the social networking site Reddit Wednesday afternoon to answer questions about Internet freedom, the influence of money in politics and his most difficult decision in office. He also pledged to release the White House’s micro brewed beer recipe, an issue that...

Will People Pay More for Better Government Service?

August 29, 2012 This post has been updated to correct the percentage of NIC online services that are run on a fee basis. A majority of Americans would rather pay more for a government service than wait in a long line, according to a new survey commissioned by the largest provider of e-government...

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Data Center Power

August 29, 2012 Government data centers work like any other factory. They produce something: in this case, the computer systems that power websites, manage payrolls and store vital information. They also have to eat up raw materials to do it: the electricity that runs those banks of computer servers and the air conditioning...

TSA seeks technology to make screening easier on travelers

August 28, 2012 This story was updated to include a comment from TSA. The Transportation Security Administration is scanning the private sector for technology to improve the way it searches for and responds to threats at the nation’s airports, according to solicitation documents posted Monday. In addition to improving security, TSA is interested...

Interior seeks ability to wipe mobile devices of employees abroad

August 27, 2012 The Interior Department is considering purchasing a mobile device management product that will allow it to remotely update, manage, monitor, and shut down or wipe employees’ smartphones and tablets even when they are traveling abroad, solicitation documents show. The product would have to work, at the very least, on Apple,...

A Busy Week in Federal IT: Here’s What You May Have Missed

August 24, 2012 With the induction of 18 “badass innovators” into government service, the planning for a few dozen new government APIs and an unexpected flare up with the conservative blogosphere, this has been a busy week for the federal IT crowd. Here are a few things that would have been significant news...

White House overhauls electronic records requirements

August 24, 2012 Federal agencies have until the end of 2019 to adopt systems that store and manage all electronic records in formats that will keep them safe and searchable for future generations, according to a White House directive released Friday. Currently, many agencies print paper copies of the documents and other records...

‘Badass innovators’ get down to work

August 23, 2012 Eighteen Presidential Innovation Fellows, sworn into government service by Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry on Thursday, have six months to get five major government initiatives up and running. A few of the fellows, whom federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park sometimes calls “badass innovators,” have been at work...

Federal agencies are gearing up for a massive data dump

August 22, 2012 Databases of U.S. foreign assistance payments, nuclear reactors’ daily event reports and a national sex offender registry are in the running to be released through application programming interfaces in the next few months, according to agency updates on the federal digital strategy. Application programming interfaces -- the tools used to...

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Managing Innovation

August 22, 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...

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