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Top 15 Government Technology Stories of 2013

From robots to Obamacare, here are the 15 most popular InformationWeek government tech stories from 2013.

6. NASA Curiosity Rover Hit By Software Snafu

Back-to-back computer glitches have put Mars mission's science observations on hold for nearly three weeks.

7. EU Fines Microsoft $732 Million In Browser Brawl

Microsoft stopped offering browser-choice screen to European Windows consumers, in violation of 2009 agreement with antitrust regulators.

8. NASA Satellite Reveals New View Of Sun

IRIS satellite captures never-before-seen details of the sun, enabling scientists to better understand its effect on Earth.

9. NASA Curiosity Rover Finds Life-Enabling Basics On Mars

Rock testing shows presence of crucial elements that could once have supported life.

10. White House Cybersecurity Executive Order: What It Means

The White House late Tuesday issued a long-awaited executive order to bolster the nation's cyber defenses. But that order leaves some questions unanswered.

11. NASA Pauses Mars Missions To Avoid Interference

NASA will significantly scale back its Mars missions in April as the Red Planet moves behind the sun as viewed from Earth.

12. Want NSA Attention? Use Encrypted Communications

Bad news has emerged for fans of PGP and other encryption services. The NSA is taking a gloves-off approach when you go this route.

13. 12 Best Government Websites

Easy access to government online has gone from being nice-to-have to being necessary in the "open government" era, with many government websites taking advantage of modern designs and technologies to help do the trick.

14. 10 Breakthrough DARPA Technologies

From next-generation aircraft to smarter missiles, projects launched by DARPA's Tactical Technology Office push new limits. Take a closer look.

15.  NASA Mars MAVEN Mission: 5 Facts

How did Mars lose its atmosphere? NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, now en route to the Red Planet, aims to find out.

There were many other topics that rounded out the IT conversation in government this year: big data, open government data, FedRAMP cloud computing security standards, the government's digital strategy, to name a few. What do you think made a difference in 2013, or is likely to in 2014? Leave a comment.

Wyatt Kash is editor of InformationWeek Government.

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12/30/2013 | 6:57:12 PM
A wake up call for working Americans
I don't think the tech aspect was as much of a draw for the average person compared to the eye-popping systemic corruption and astonishing waste of taxpayer monies as demonstrated by the Obama Administration.
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12/31/2013 | 12:35:16 PM
Re: A wake up call for working Americans
Most American's don't appreciate the technology in their lives that began as government projects (the Internet, GPS, robotics, even services like mobile weather apps that get their data from the government.)  So you're right, government tecnology -- even some of the cooler successes of NASA and DARPA -- pale compare to the political news. But it's also worth noting, most American's also don't appreciate that much of the govenment's spending you characterize as corrupt and wasteful is decided by a Congress that American's (and private businesses) put/keep in office, and not by the Executive Branch alone. 
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