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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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Video: How to Drive a Lunar Spacecraft

July 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since its 2009 launch, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has made its way around the moon many times. Navigating the craft is exciting, but it's nothing like a racecar or a joystick-operated video game. The real process of driving the LRO involves computer science and teamwork between both people and satellites....

Video: Data as a Utility Has Unexpected Upshots

July 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Kevin Lembo became comptroller of Connecticut roughly five years ago, the state wasn't getting high marks on how it dealt with public information. A lot has changed since then. By opening up massive swaths of data, Lembo is trying to get the residents of Connecticut to see open data...

Video: Google Maps' Timeline Can Show Every Place You've Ever Been

July 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It used to be that to know where a person has traveled, you had to look at the stamps in his or her passport. That has changed, and Google has come up with an efficient -- and possibly, invasive -- way for users to see where they've been and what...

Video: Getting to Know Google's Wireless Service, Project Fi

July 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine a wireless service that always makes sure emails send and calls don't get dropped. That might soon be a reality. Launched in April 2015, the mobile wireless service uses local Wi-Fi networks to allow users to make calls, send texts and browse the Web. Google promises data encryption to...

Video: Cure Diseases and Find Alien Life With Your Computer or Phone

July 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to help the world but don't have much time? Offering up spare processing power on a computer or smartphone has become the easiest way to volunteer. To start, download the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computer or BOINC manager, an open source software for volunteer computing. BOINC works by...

Video: Apps to Help You Conserve Water and Money

July 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Water conservation isn't just for Californians currently in the middle of a drought. Everyone could stand to conserve more water and in the process, save some dough. Smartphone users have several app options to help them reduce wasted water. To learn how much water you currently use, try out H2O...

Video: How to Run Android Apps on PCs and Macs

July 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever wanted to move your app to a bigger screen? Then the Bluestack app player, which lets users run Android mobile apps on computers, is the tool you have been looking for. After downloading Bluestack, search for an app to launch. Users can then log into their Google...

Video: Biking Cross-Country for Science

July 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The riders of the Tour de France have nothing on these two science enthusiasts. Rachel Woods-Robinson, a researcher at the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Elizabeth Case, a science journalist, are biking across the country for science. The trip began April 17. Both Case and Woods-Robinson will cycle...

Video: The Booming Business of Baby-Boomer Tech

July 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow America is getting older. The number of people 65 and older in the country will double to 72 million by 2030. And some in the tech industry are taking notice and investing in apps and sites that cater to older citizens. Honor is now one of several apps that lets...

Video: 5 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Experience

July 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook can be an amazing tool to connect with the people in your life. But sometimes, things aren't so great Got an annoying babbling coworker or a family member who likes to go on political rants? We all do. While "unfriending" those people would be a social media faux pas,...