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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: How To Stop Google From Tracking Your Location

August 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At this very moment, Google is using your mobile device to track your location. The tech giant has packaged this feature as Google Timeline, which allows users to go back and see where they've been. While that information is private and only available to the individual user, many might not...

4 Charts That Explain the State of Agency Cybersecurity after the OPM Hack

August 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following the massive breach of federal employee files precipitated by a series of cyberintrusions at the Office of Personnel Management, the Obama administration ordered agencies to immediately tighten network defenses during a 30-day “cybersecurity sprint.” The results are now in. The White House posted details from the cyber review online...

Video: Curious about Windows 10? Here Are the Features You Need to Know

July 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft has finally released its latest operating system, Windows 10, which is reconfigured from the past systems users are more familiar with, in hopes to increase productivity and workflow. A souped-up Windows Snap lets users reorganize. You can drag one window you're working with, into the corner of the screen...

Video: How Android Phones Can Be Hacked With One Text

July 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Android users, beware: 950 million Android phones and tablets are vulnerable to being hacked by text message. Through these poisonous texts, hackers can copy and delete data as well as spy on users through cameras and microphones. The text message contain a contaminated video attachment. Users don't even have to...

Video: Forget Driverless Cars. The Invisible Car is Almost Here

July 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flying cars have been a dream since the Jetsons, and driverless cars will soon be a reality. But one unlikely automotive technology on the horizon? Invisibility. This isn't a Harry Potter-style invisible cloak that renders the vehicle invisible to outsiders. Rather, this new technology makes interior parts of the car...

Video: How to Drive a Lunar Spacecraft

July 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since its 2009 launch, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has made its way around the moon many times. Navigating the craft is exciting, but it's nothing like a racecar or a joystick-operated video game. The real process of driving the LRO involves computer science and teamwork between both people and satellites....

Video: Data as a Utility Has Unexpected Upshots

July 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Kevin Lembo became comptroller of Connecticut roughly five years ago, the state wasn't getting high marks on how it dealt with public information. A lot has changed since then. By opening up massive swaths of data, Lembo is trying to get the residents of Connecticut to see open data...

Video: Google Maps' Timeline Can Show Every Place You've Ever Been

July 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It used to be that to know where a person has traveled, you had to look at the stamps in his or her passport. That has changed, and Google has come up with an efficient -- and possibly, invasive -- way for users to see where they've been and what...

Video: Getting to Know Google's Wireless Service, Project Fi

July 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine a wireless service that always makes sure emails send and calls don't get dropped. That might soon be a reality. Launched in April 2015, the mobile wireless service uses local Wi-Fi networks to allow users to make calls, send texts and browse the Web. Google promises data encryption to...

Video: Cure Diseases and Find Alien Life With Your Computer or Phone

July 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to help the world but don't have much time? Offering up spare processing power on a computer or smartphone has become the easiest way to volunteer. To start, download the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computer or BOINC manager, an open source software for volunteer computing. BOINC works by...