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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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Food and Drug Agency Triples Down on Data Mining

April 3, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration is launching full bore into new data mining techniques as evidenced by three solicitation documents posted recently. The agency posted a sources sought document on Tuesday seeking a vendor that could crawl through more than 20 million biomedical journal abstracts and citations housed on a...

U.S. Embassy in Cairo Briefly Shuts Down Twitter Profile After Morsi Spat

April 3, 2013 The U.S. Embassy in Cairo’s Twitter feed is back online after being briefly taken down Wednesday following an online spat with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Foreign Policy’s The Cable blog was first to break the news at around 11:50 a.m. EST Wednesday that the embassy’s profile had been taken down....

Merge the Dakotas and Ban Butterscotch Candies?

April 3, 2013 There’s more news today at the intersection of Comedy Central and government central. On Tuesday, a Daily Show riff about the jailing of Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef launched a Twitter fight between the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Later that day, U.S. comedian Daniel Tosh, host...

U.S. Mint Wants to Modernize its Lucrative Commemorative Coin Business

April 2, 2013 The U.S. Mint is looking for a vendor to completely replace the hodgepodge of systems that currently manage its multi-billion dollar business in commemorative coin sales, solicitation documents show. The Mint has made $2.6 billion from commemorative coin sales over the past five years, which it uses to fund its...

Twitter Diplomacy Hits the Big Time

April 2, 2013 When officials talk about “Twitter diplomacy” the expression usually refers to a diplomatic mission or national government reaching out to the masses via social media. Nation-to-nation sniping is traditionally reserved for backroom talks or, at least, competing news releases that never directly engage each other. There was an exception Tuesday...

CDC’s Flu App Suffers from Too Many Bugs of its Own

April 2, 2013 This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Influenza App is designed to help experts stay up to date on flu outbreaks but the app suffered from too many bugs of its own, according to Nextgov’s private sector app reviewers. All...

White House Decides Building a Federal Database of Experts Isn't Worth It

April 1, 2013 The White House will not proceed with plans to build ExpertNet, an online community of academic and private sector experts to advise federal officials, the government said Friday. The White House announced plans for ExpertNet in an action plan delivered to the international Open Government Partnership in September 2011. Since...

Agencies Get Green Light to Use Six-Second Video Sharing Site

April 1, 2013 The post has been updated to note the GSA Vine video was replaced with a NASA video. Twitter’s six-second social video site Vine is now open to federal users. The General Services Administration's new media office announced on Monday it had inked government-friendly terms of service with Vine. GSA initially...

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Tech Roundup

April 1, 2013 Rebooting IT Acquisition House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wants to overhaul the way the government buys information technology with legislation introduced in March. Issa first floated the proposed IT reboot in September 2012 and has been gathering input from industry and government workers since then....

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Welcome to the Data Driven World

April 1, 2013 University of Wisconsin geologist Shanan Peters was frustrated by how much he didn’t know. Most geological discoveries were locked away in troves of research journals so voluminous that he and his colleagues could read only a fraction of them. The sheer magnitude of existing research forced most geologists to limit...