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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: Facebook Will Expand 'Safety Check' Feature Following Paris Attacks

November 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the recent devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, Facebook turned on its Safety Check feature. This allowed people in Paris to notify all of their friends and family at once that they were safe amid the panic and confusion. Previously the feature was only turned on during natural disasters. Now,...

Reminder: Mobile Payments Are More Secure Than Traditional Credit Cards

November 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the past few years, major hacks of retailers like Target and Home Depot have made customers question credit card safety. Using a mobile payment system, users may feel like they're only increasing their vulnerability to hackers. But what's really significant in a credit card transaction is what happens on...

Video: Is This High-Tech Barbie Watching You?

November 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Internet of Things grows, so do privacy concerns. Now, even children's toys are hackable. Mattel's "Hello Barbie" contains a built-in speaker, microphone and a Wi-Fi chip that connects to servers in order to have conversations with children. Barbie can even remember information from previous chats, like a child's...

Video: Are You Ready to Drive a 3-D-Printed Car?

November 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want an environmentally friendly car that's a cooler ride than a Prius? Check out the Blade. Looking like something out of the future, this car gets its green-friendly credentials through its 3-D printing manufacturing process. While the components are made quickly and efficiently, the Blade can still pack a punch...

Video: 3 Easy Ways to Clear Email Inbox Clutter

November 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For most of us, work emails fly into our inboxes in a continuous stream and only the most dedicated taskmasters can achieve the famed "Inbox 0." For those of us who have accumulated thousands of unread and unsorted emails, help has arrived in the form of several apps that aim...

Video: Which Reality Headset Should You Get?

November 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the technological advancements in virtual reality have been booming, sales of the devices themselves haven't. Well-known but not widely available virtual reality devices like Oculus Rift are high cost and using them for gaming can often make users dizzy. The Samsung Gear VR, however, lowers the cost by incorporating...

Video: Is Two-Factor Authentication Unhackable?

November 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Passwords have their place. But even the strongest password -- we're not talking "123456" -- isn't enough to protect you from a data breach. Two-factor authentication is the solution that not enough people are using, despite being available on many popular sites like Google and Facebook. When two-factor authentication is...

Video: How Firefox Can Block Ads From Tracking You Online

November 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While several Web browsers offer the option of private browsing most of the time, information about users is still being collected. History, searches and cookies are off limits, but elements on a site's page such as advertisements and social buttons can still track information to create a profile of users'...

Video: The Search for Another Earth

November 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The search for planets outside our solar system has long been a shaky scientific subject. It wasn't until 1995 that scientists discovered 51 Pegasi b, a Jupiter-like planet orbiting around a star similar to our sun. The discovery was revolutionary, but find an Earth-like planet was still out of reach....

Video: 3 Things to Consider Before Getting a Drone

November 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When users first purchase a drone of their own, they might feel the sky is the limit when it comes to flying their new craft. But as recreational drones become more popular, the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Department have stepped in to set some regulations. To start, drones have...

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