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: This Tech Could Turn Your Car Into a Spy

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Self-driving cars aren't the only technology Ford is working on. The automaker recently filed a patent for a technology that would crowdsource vehicle identification. The system would be included in a Ford vehicle and could obtain an image of another vehicle's plates and identify the characters on it. That tag...

Video: Driverless Cars Come to Michigan

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Michigan has now taken the lead in the race to get driverless cars on the road. Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a bill allowing the operation and eventual sale of self-driving vehicles in the state. Nevada and California have previously authorized testing of autonomous cars, but the Michigan law will...

Video: Inside the Initiative to Build Energy-Efficient Schools

December 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department is partnering with school districts around the country on the Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. The initiative hopes to cut down on energy waste in school buildings. Six school districts across the U.S. will collaborate on energy-efficient construction methods that are also cost competitive. Discovery Elementary in Arlington,...

The 7 Best NASA GIFs You Need to See

December 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has joined social sites Pinterest and Giphy to share all of the images the agency has taken throughout its many missions. Drumroll…announcing the official launch of our @GIPHY & @Pinterest accounts! Take an out-of-this-world journey: — NASA (@NASA) December 8, 2016 On Pinterest, NASA has already amassed...

Video: Here's How Google's New Safety App Works

December 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a natural disaster or other emergency situation occurs, people often want to know if their friends in that geographic area are safe. Google has developed a new app, Trusted Contacts, that lets users easily share their location with loved ones. After installing the app, users add contacts of the...

Video: How NASA Uses Teamwork to Explore Solar System

December 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To explore the universe, you can't go about it alone. As an agency, NASA only functions through teamwork—scientists and engineers collaborating in harmony. And as NASA wraps up its Cassini mission to Saturn, that has been especially evident. The agency is about to embark on the final phase of the...

Video: Social Media Giants Take on Terrorist Propaganda

December 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Terrorist organizations like ISIS have managed to spread their message and recruit new members using the same social media platforms people use to share selfies and cat videos. Tech organizations Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter have formed an alliance and are creating a shared database of unique digital fingerprints of...

Video: Get Your Hands on Virtual Reality with Oculus Touch

December 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For years, Oculus has been garnering buzz for its virtual reality system, and the company promised full-bodied VR when it debuted the Oculus Rift earlier in 2016. The hand-held controls, known as Oculus Touch, are finally here. They track motion, but also contain analog buttons. The system can even track...

Video: NASA Celebrates 'Hidden Figures'

December 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new film "Hidden Figures" tells the story of several black female NASA employees who were integral to the Apollo space program. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson were mathematicians, often dubbed "human computers" whose calculations allowed the space agency to blast John Glenn into orbit. Their little-known story...

Video: How AI Tech Is Used to Take Down Poachers

December 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Poaching is a massive problem for the elephant and rhinoceros populations in countries like South Africa and Kenya. The World Wildlife Fund has recently implemented some new technologies in wildlife preserves to combat poachers. Thermal imaging from tech company Flir lets rangers keep their eye on endangered animals at all...

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