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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Google Assistant To Learn Dozens of Languages

4:49 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google Assistant is about to give the term multilingual a whole new meaning. In a few months the tech giant's digital assistant will be able to help a broader range of people around the world by learning new languages, the company announced Friday. "Android users are all around the world,...

Twitter Is Introducing New Rules ... Again

February 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fighting spam in the year 2018 might seem like an impossible task. Spam has existed about as long as the internet has. But social media giant Twitter is taking on the challenge, as spam on Twitter isn't just used to push diet pills but also includes thousands of Russian troll...

5G Could Be Coming To A City Near You

February 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tired of being stuck with 4G network speeds? A change might be coming your way soon. AT&T announced Wednesday more new information about its new mobile 5G network, namely, which cities will receive the lightning-fast internet speeds first. The announced locations are Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco, Texas, with more cities...

Australian Scientists Design 3D-Printed Smartphone Microscope

February 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Out in the field and need to determine if there are parasites in your water? Now there's a portable microscope that attaches to your smartphone will do the trick, Engadget reports. Developed by Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, this clip-on microscope magnifies up to...

Nvidia Making Facial Recognition AI for Smart City Surveillance

February 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech company Nvidia announced Thursday that it has partnered with AI developer Any Vision to bring a new type of surveillance technology to smart cities. Both companies are working on bringing automatic facial recognition into closed-circuit television surveillance cameras, Mashable reports. .@AnyVision_BT has joined our Metropolis Software Partner Program. Its...

Google Is Bringing Smart Replies To Messaging Apps

February 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Anyone who uses Gmail will be probably be familiar with the smart replies feature. It offers common suggestions for how to reply to an email based on the text of the email. Users can just tap a button to use them. Google is hoping to bring that speed and efficiency...

Cryptocurrency Craze Could Be Preventing Us From Finding Aliens

February 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Researchers at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, are in a jam. The non-profit wants to expand its operations at two observatories. To do that they will need a lot of graphics processing units that are suddenly in short supply due to cryptocurrency mining, reports the BBC. These digital...

Arizona Proposal Would Let Citizens Use Bitcoin To Pay Taxes

February 13, 2018 The Arizona state legislature is exploring a new—and possibly more complicated—way for its citizens to pay taxes: Bitcoin. A new bill that would allow Arizona citizens to pay their state taxes in Bitcoin or potentially other cryptocurrencies has already passed the Arizona Senate and is currently up for debate within...

Arizona Proposal Would Let Citizens Use Bitcoin To Pay Taxes

February 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Arizona state legislature is exploring a new—and possibly more complicated—way for its citizens to pay taxes: Bitcoin. A new bill that would allow Arizona citizens to pay their state taxes in Bitcoin or potentially other cryptocurrencies has already passed the Arizona Senate and is currently up for debate within...

Cryptojacking Scheme Affects U.S. And U.K. Government Websites

February 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The current cryptocurrency craze is creating new headaches for those in charge of security. Most recently, more than 4,200 websites secretly hijacked browsers to mine the cryptocurrency Monero due to a compromised accessibility plugin. Sites affected include those of the U.S. court information system, the UK's National Health Service and...