Mark Drapeau

"Dr. Mark Drapeau":https://twitter.com/cheeky_geeky is a biological scientist and government consultant. He has a B.S. and Ph.D. in animal behavior, conducted postdoctoral research on complex genomic and neural systems, and has published writing in Science, Nature, Genome Research, American Scientist, the New York Times, the Washington Times, and other venues. He is also a contributing writer to "Mashable.com":http://mashable.com/author/mark-drapeau/ on government and social technology. These views are his own and do not represent the official views of the National Defense University, the U.S. Department of Defense, or any other part of the U.S. Government.

by Mark Drapeau

Picture this: You’re waiting in line at your favorite local drugstore or grocery store and have two minutes to kill. What do you do? Five years ago, many people would flip through one of the many magazines positioned near the checkout counter: Cosmo, maybe, or Esquire. In 2013, we still browse and buy magazines in […] more »

by Mark Drapeau

Click to read our whole series TAMPA, Fla. — For those who haven’t experienced it, a national political convention in America is something like a post-apocalyptic police state crossed with the Super Bowl and an Academy Awards red carpet. Here at the site of this year’s Republican National Convention, bomb-sniffing dogs, Secret Service agents, and […] more »

by Mark Drapeau

It’s easy to see governments as nameless, faceless monoliths, something impersonal or, even worse, untrustworthy. Much of that is because government culture remains steeped in traditional ideas about public relations and outreach work, notions that have become archaic in an Internet-enabled, hyper-connected world. Just as private companies are learning to embrace social media to manage […] more »