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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: New Android Malware 'HummingBad' Infects Millions

July 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Android smartphone users have something new to worry about. Security company Check Point spotted a piece of malware in February 2016 that they dubbed "HummingBad." It works as a drive-by-download attack to try to gain root access to a device. Once installed, it force-downloads apps and clicks on the ads....

Video: Self-Driving Tractors Are Changing Farming

July 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Self-driving cars are increasingly finding their way onto our roads, with promises of fewer traffic jams and enhanced safety. Farmers have been putting earlier versions of autonomous technology to use for the past two decades to plow fields. Now, the self-driving tractor is advancing rapidly. Two hands-free guidance systems help...

Video: What Does Hacking Look Like?

July 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What does hacking look like? Some might describe a masked figure hunched over a keyboard; others might point to a cascade of green letters and numbers like in the "Matrix" films. Demonstrating what hacking entails visually will help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency during its Cyber Grand Challenge. The...

Video: Bill Nye Explains How Not to Get Lost in Space

July 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The countdown continues to the moment on July 4 when NASA's Juno spacecraft will reach its destination orbiting Jupiter. But since its August 2011 launch from Earth, how has Juno navigated the 1.7 billion mile journey? Unfortunately, Google Maps doesn't work in space. Instead, cameras onboard the spacecraft look for...

Video: How to Make Sure Facebook Doesn't Use Your Location to Find Friends

June 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you noticed your "suggested friends" list on Facebook looks a little too familiar? The social network has been accused of using your phone's location to connect you with new friends. While this might be a useful feature for some, others might find it a gross invasion of privacy when...

Video: After Emissions Software Scandal, Volkswagen to Buy Back Dirty Cars

June 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In September 2015, Volkswagen was caught in a massive scandal. The German automaker had been intentionally selling diesel-fuel cars with software that cheated emissions testing. Roughly 11 million vehicles were affected by the algorithmic dupe. Now, the settlement Volkswagen made with U.S. regulators is public. The company must pay billions...

Video: These New Dropbox Features Will Make You More Productive

June 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow File hosting and cloud service company Dropbox recently announced several new additions to its software platform. These new updates might be just the thing to help workers get more done in less time. The Dropbox iOS app now lets you scan documents from blueprints to receipts using an iPhone camera....

Video: Watch NASA Test its Biggest Rocket, Ever

June 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If we're going to get astronauts to Mars, NASA will need a way to get them out of our atmosphere with gusto. How about the most powerful rocket in the world? The space agency's Space Launch System, or SLS, fits that bill -- it measures about half the length of...

Video: Why Did NASA Set a Fire in Space?

June 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What happens when you light a fire in space? That's exactly what NASA hopes to understand with its spacecraft fire experiment. Flames on Earth rely on gravity and our atmosphere to give them their shape and direction. In microgravity, the flame on a match stays like a little sphere. So,...

Video: Flying to Jupiter on Just Enough Solar Power to Run a Blender

June 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In less than two weeks, humanity's most distant solar-powered spacecraft will reach its destination: The planet Jupiter, 1.7 billion miles from Earth. Named Juno, the craft contains three massive solar arrays, each 29 feet long and weighing about 250 lbs, making the entire craft unfurled about 65 feet across --...

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