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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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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...

The Future of Wireless Charging Is Almost Here

February 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wireless charging has been around for a few years, but using a traditional charger was always a faster, more reliable option. Still, the fastest wireless charger falls behind the fastest cable. But that could change soon. Technological advances could make wireless charging a more viable option. Currently, compatible Samsung and...

The Future of Windows Could Be Passwordless

February 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft released its latest Insider Preview update on Wednesday. While there are some exciting improvements to the system graphics, the company also unveiled some privacy and security changes. For those using Windows 10 S, Microsoft's extra secure version of Windows, they will have the option to ditch passwords. According to...

Two Charged With Jackpotting Theft

February 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department on Monday announced it had charged two individuals, Alex Alberto Fajin-Diaz of Spain, and Argenys Rodriguez of Springfield, Massachusetts, with bank fraud for their alleged jackpotting scheme. Jackpotting is a scheme where the perpetrators hack into an ATM and force it to quickly spit out thousands in...