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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 Data Engages CItizens in Kansas City

August 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Data sets are usually presented in numbers, graphs and spreadsheets, but recently Kansas City, Missouri, decided to expand the idea of what data visualization can be, by sponsoring an exhibit called the "Art of Data." Artists were invited to take data from Kansas City's open data portal and represent it...

Video: The Inconvenient Truth About Wearing Earbuds

August 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you wearing earbuds to listen to music or a podcast or to simply drown out distractions? Stop what you're doing, right now. Earbuds, while popular in open offices as productivity boosters, can permanently damage your ears. The extremely focused sounds that come out of earbuds create aggressive waves that...

Video: Meet the Next Tech Entrepreneurs: Young Women

August 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a gender gap in the technology industry. Women make up only about 30 percent of the workforce of major technology companies. A similar gap exists in government IT jobs. Since 2010, about 5,000 girls from 45 countries around have taken part in the Technovation Challenge, a program that...

Video: NASA's Gecko Gripper Is the Outer Space Answer to Duct Tape

August 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here on Earth, if you need something to stick, duct tape is the go-to solution. In space, getting things to stick is essential but tricky, and your everyday tapes and glue -- even duct tape -- don't really cut it in microgravity environments. Velcro has been the adhesive of choice...

Video: Everything Google Knows About You

August 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you use Gmail, Google Maps or YouTube, it should come as no surprise that Google knows a lot about you. And the tech giant is pretty upfront about it: Google has laid out what data it collects from its users online under its privacy policy. Browser cookies and usage...

Video: Bringing Together Next-Gen Weather Forecasters

August 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tornados, hurricanes and blizzards, oh my! Throughout the year, researchers, practitioners and computer modelers gather from all over at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, to work on and learn about the next generation of extreme weather prediction. The workday in the Hazardous Weather Testbed typically...

Video: How 3D Printing Will Literally Make the Future

August 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since 3-D printing was first conceived in the early 1980s, its most widespread use has been in creating trinkets and art pieces, such as the Smithsonian's bust of President Obama. Fun and interesting for sure, but not the most practical. Over time, 3-D printing has become more sophisticated and as...

Video: Hackers Expose Security Flaws in Cars and Guns

August 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Black Hat hacker conference took place this week in Las Vegas, during which cybersecurity researchers revealed security vulnerabilities in devices like Android phones. But phones are not the only devices hackers are interested in, as more everyday items connect to the Internet. Today, some cars and firearms are powered...

Video: Curiosity Rover Celebrates 3 Years on Mars

August 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Happy anniversary, Curiosity! The latest visitor to Mars landed on the Red Planet in August 2012 inside Mars' Gale cCater. In the three years (or 1,000 Martian days) since, the rover has traveled nearly 11 kilometers and slowly made its way up to Mount Sharp. Along the way, Curiosity has...

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...