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: These Simple Mistakes Could Cost You Your Gadgets

February 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Buying a new charger for your smartphone or laptop? Be careful from where you buy it. Recently, a Google engineer found out the hard way when an incorrectly wired type-C USB cable completely fried his device. Make sure to buy from reputable brands and double-check reviews. Faulty USB cables may...

Video: This NASA Scientist Tracks the Dangerous Asteroids in Earth's Orbit

February 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although it's been the subject of several Hollywood blockbusters, an asteroid colliding with Earth and causing mass devastation is a very real possibility. Marina Brozovic, a physicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, hopes to prevent that from happening. Brozovic and her team are essentially in charge of the "flight control...

Video: A Look at the Impressive Tech Inside Super Bowl 50

February 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This year's Super Bowl will embrace its Silicon Valley setting. San Francisco's Levi's Stadium boasts 400 miles of cables, 700 security cameras and Wi-Fi boxes placed every 100 seats to ensure all 70,000 attendees will be able to connect with their smartphones. On the sidelines, the teams have all been...

Video: How Tracking Technology and Deep Data Are Transforming Football

February 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Big data is coming to the NFL. Football teams have found a new way to quantify player performance, even at the granular level, thanks to Zebra Technologies. This data comes from RFID chips embedded into the players' uniforms -- specifically their shoulder pads. Meanwhile, receivers placed around the stadium track...

Video: This Device Connects You Even in the Middle of Nowhere

February 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Never is a wireless network so important as when you don't have access to one. While Congress is trying to add Wi-Fi to National Parks, in the meantime hikers, bikers and other outdoorsy types have GoTenna. This system can create a wireless network out of thin air. It uses two...

Microgrids, Panels and Geothermal Heat Pumps: The High-Tech Renewable Energy Powering Tribal Communities

February 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To combat the lack of energy infrastructure available to tribal lands, the Energy Department is stepping up with the Tribal Energy Grant Program. "Nobody notices energy until it's gone, really," said Nathan Nash of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. "We've been out for weeks at a time, days at a...

Video: Reselling Your Smartphone? Here's How to Do It Safely

February 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reselling your smartphone is a great idea if you want to make some extra cash and clear space in your junk drawer. Seller beware, however. Before handing over your phone, make sure to take extra care to ensure personal data on the device stays private. To start, back up your...

Video: The Technology in Airport Body Scanners Could Give You Faster Internet

January 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine high-speed Internet access without ever having to deal with a cable or phone company. Starry Internet hopes to cut out the middleman by using millimeter waves to send broadband to your home at speeds of up to 1 gigabit. That is 10 times faster than the average home broadband...

Video: How to Declutter Your Digital Life

January 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If your New Year's resolution for 2016 was to get more organized, don't neglect your digital life. Smartphones and inboxes can amass clutter just the same as living rooms and tool sheds. To clear out inboxes, the app lets users automatically unsubscribe from newsletters and promotions they no longer...

Video: This Vending Machine Is Watching You

January 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the battle for shoppers' attention and dollars rages on, retailers are embracing new technology to gather data on us. Previously innocuous objects like a candy vending machine can now provide loads of information to companies about who you are and what you want. These high-tech vending machines use THE...

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