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: Visit the Bottom of the Ocean with Virtual Reality

May 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What's the best way to explore deep-sea vents? It's a high -emperature, high-pressure environment where no humans can go. For researchers at the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the answer is virtual reality. In March, a team deployed remotely operated robots 3,600 feet deep off the coast of Samoa. For 150 hours,...

Video: Why Is Twitter Blocking Intelligence Agencies From Data Mining Tweets?

May 10, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. intelligence agencies can no longer use a data service that provides trend analysis on every tweet ever, known as Dataminr, according to recent news reports. Many companies and media organizations subscribe to the service to better understand what's going on around the world. But for the intelligence community, it...

Video: Drone Delivery Startup Hopes to Save Lives in Rwanda

May 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The future of drone delivery networks may begin in Africa. Startup Zipline plans to start using drones this summer to drop medical supplies and blood to remote areas of Rwanda, where access to roads is often cut off during flooding – all for the same cost as delivery via truck....

Video: Meet the AI That Will Kill Siri and Order Pizza for You

May 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hey, iPhone users, are you tired of Siri not being able to do much besides pull up search results? No need to despair: The team behind Siri has recently built Viv, a virtual assistance with actual artificial intelligence. This means users can talk to the virtual assistant more like a...

Tech Giant and Federal Agency Team Up to Create Drone Show

May 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the next concert or sporting event you attend, keep an eye in the sky for a synchronized UAV performance. Intel recently got permission from the Federal Aviation Administration -- specifically, a section 333 exemption -- to fly 100 drones simultaneously for a new lights display called Drone 100 in...

Video: Inside This NASA Technology That Blocks Starlight

May 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How do you block starlight? To block light from our own star, the sun, we use sunglasses, hats and umbrellas. But for stars many light years away from us, NASA researchers must come up with different methods. Blocking starlight is important for studying planets (and the potential life on them)...

Video: Here are All the Countries That Ask Facebook for User Data

May 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hey, privacy advocates: Here's something new to worry about. Facebook has released the "Global Government Requests" report. The social media giant received almost 50,000 requests for user data in the last half of 2015 from countries around the world. Who makes the most requests? The United States. That's followed closely...

Video: New IMAX Film Features Astronaut’s View of Earth

May 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever wanted to see a bird's-eye view, or rather an astronaut's-eye view, of Earth? Unless you spend years training to enter space, that dream is unlikely to come true. IMAX, in partnership with NASA and the European Space Agency, is going to bring viewers the next best thing with the...

Video: What It's Like to Fly a Solar Airplane

May 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Solar Impulse 2, a completely solar-powered airplane, is working its way across the globe. The journey began in the United Arab Emirates in March 2015. The Solar Impulse only goes about 50 miles per hour, which is a lot slower than your average jet. But it can stay aloft...

Video: These Tiny Samsung Computers Might One Day Fill Your Home

April 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Samsung has arrived with it's own version of the Internet of Everything. The tech company has developed Artik, a system of tiny Samsung computers that power sensors and devices throughout your home. While, Artik is not fully realized, Samsung has built multiple protoypes to demonstrate just what this tiny computer...

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