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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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How to Keep Your Smartphone Secure During Holiday Travel

December 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you're traveling to across the country to see family for the holidays or flying internationally to a tropical locale to escape the winter blues, you're probably going to take a smartphone with you. Because of that, both the Homeland Security Department and the National Cyber Security Alliance have released...

Apple Teams Up With Stanford to Study Irregular Heart Rhythms

December 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple Watch can let you pay for things, send text messages and check the weather, all with a flick of the wrist. But now it can also save your life. Apple launched the Apple Heart Study on November 30, in partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine. The app...

Google Bans Apps that Sneak Ads onto Phone Lock Screens

December 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An ad on your phone's lock screen is a real annoyance—especially if it becomes nearly impossible to unlock your phone without clicking on the ad. These accidental clicks aren't just annoying, however. They often take users to a third-party website that can leave them vulnerable to spyware of phishing. After...

What Lurks Beneath the Everyday Web

December 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever been curious about what lies beneath the internet we use every day? Perhaps you've heard of the deep web and the dark web and aren't sure of the difference? Everything that can be found on a search engine like Google and Bing falls under the category of...

New Google App Could Help You Save Data

November 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you going over data limits on your smartphone and incurring charges? Google has released a new app for Android users designed to help. The app, called Datally, helps users monitor their data use in real time, and ultimately reduce their data usage. The app provides graphs to break down...

Learn Chinese With the Help of Artificial Intelligence

November 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the best ways to learn a language is to practice with someone, and if that language is Chinese, there might not always be someone available to practice with. Microsoft is attempting to remedy that. The Learn Chinese app teaches users the language with the help of an AI...

Facebook is Using AI for Suicide Prevention

November 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has upgraded its arguably most important artificial intelligence program, the tech company announced Monday. This AI doesn't help compile populate your newsfeed or find you new friends. Instead, it attempts to identify Facebook users at risk of committing suicide. The AI relies on pattern recognition to spot when someone...

How Easily Can an Amazon Echo Be Fooled?

November 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Digital assistants are increasingly becoming a presence in people's homes. Both the Google Assistant software that powers Google Home and the Alexa software that powers the Amazon Echo can recognize individual voices and do numerous tasks based on that recognition. Alexa lets you make calls and gives a personalized daily...

How to Stay Secure While Holiday Shopping

November 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After the turkey and pumpkin pie is finished, Americans have only one thing on their mind: Christmas shopping. Whether you opt for frenzied Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, 'tis the season of increased cyber threats from online shopping and scams. Staying safe online while shopping and making sure that...

Which iPhone is Right For You?

November 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After Thanksgiving wraps up, holiday shopping will begin in earnest. A new iPhone tops the wishlist for many people, but it can be hard to know which one to pick from the multiple versions on the market. So whether you're shopping for yourself or just letting Santa know exactly what...