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 High-Powered Technology Inside a Racing Drone

November 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After years of military use, drones are entering many other fields including competitive sport. Some enthusiasts have begun cage-fighting drones. The first national drone-racing championship was held in July. Now, drone sports are becoming more organized with the Drone Racing League preparing to debut in 2016. The league plans to...

What Happens When the CIA Joins Twitter

November 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA sent out its first tweet in June 2014. The response to the humorous message -- "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet" -- was overwhelming, and the agency now has over 1 million followers. Nextgov reporter Mohana Ravindranath sat down with David Egts...

Video: Want to Control Things With Your Mind? Get Some Open Source Hardware

November 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jedi-style mind control may soon be in your grasp. BCI, or brain computer interface, technology reads the electrical signals in your brain and muscles and uses that to control and manipulate connected items in the real world. The technology is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use...

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...

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