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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: The Mobile Web to Become Less Annoying Thanks to Google

August 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever try to access a website on your smartphone and an ad or message pops up and blocks everything? Google is developing a way to stop this. The tech giant is instituting changes to its algorithm so mobile search results will reward sites that don't use such intrusive measures. Google...

Video: Keep Prying Eyes Off Your Laptop With Built-in Privacy Filter

August 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Everyone worries about hacking dangers like phishing and malware, but those aren't the only ways computer users are left vulnerable. Anyone can simply sneak a peek at your screen when you're entering passwords or reading sensitive information while working at a crowded cafe or on an airplane. While there are...

Video: This Serious Note-Taking App Can Help You Write it All Down

August 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking for a way beyond pen and paper to take notes during that important meeting? Check out the MyScript Nebo note-taking app. A double tap is all it takes for the app to recognize the text you've handwritten with a stylus. It also recognizes corrections: Scribble out a word and...

Video: How NASA Engages the Next Generation of STEM Scholars

August 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM jobs are expected to increase by 55 percent over the next decade. But we might not have enough workers with the skills to fill these jobs. So, how to get more students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology? Give them...

Video: The Olympic Tech That Determines Who Wins Gold

August 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In Olympic contests, the difference between the gold and silver can come down to 1/100 of a second. To determine who earns a place on the podium, extremely accurate technology must be in place. Omega Timing, which serves as the official timekeepers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de...

Video: How Some Refugees Access Wi-Fi

August 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Inside refugee camps, the smartphone serves as an important lifeline. But how are refugees getting internet access? At one refugee camp in Calais, France, dubbed "The Jungle" has a unique way of accessing Wi-Fi. A volunteer organization drives an old blue truck with a homemade antenna known as the Refugee...

Video: The Wearable Tech Helping Olympic Athletes Win Gold

August 10, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How does an athlete become an Olympian? Good genetics and a lot of hard work are partly the answer, but it turns out a little technology helps, too. At this year's Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, athletes in a variety of sports have turned to wearable tech to make...

Video: More Than 900 Million Android Devices Could Have These Security Flaws

August 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Android users, beware. Recently, researchers from security firm Check Point discovered four flaws that could compromise a huge number of Android devices. The problem stems from Qualcomm chipsets, which are used in many Android models. If even one of the four vulnerabilities is exploited, it could compromise the whole device....

Video: Breeding Mosquitoes to Fight Zika

August 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Zika virus continues to spread into the southern United States, researchers are trying to develop new ways to combat the disease and its carrier, the dreaded mosquito. Scientists in California are taking a counterintuitive approach to stopping the spread of Zika and other diseases: releasing even more mosquitos....

Video: Highlights from DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge

August 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that ForAllSecure is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After years of preparation and qualifying rounds, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Cyber Grand Challenge finally reached its conclusion. Seven teams from around the country, and the autonomous computer systems they each built,...

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