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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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Smarter Driver: Will Self-Driving Cars Ever Be Legal?

May 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United Nations recently amended a nearly 50-year-old rule to allow self-driving cars on roads around the world. Drivers must be behind the wheel, however, and must be able to take control at a moment's notice. The ruling, though, doesn't cover several countries including Japan and the United States. Here ...

Video: Innovation in Data-driven Government

May 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bob Runge, who sits on the board of directors at Socrata, believes governments with data are on the verge of an enormous change. Runge compares the use of open data to the discovery of oil or electricity, where what comes next is unprecedented. "Innovation is a relative term with respect ...

Video: How to Take Sharper Photos With Your Smartphone

May 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Smartphones today have incredibly advanced cameras, some with up to 20 megapixels. But all those pixels can't give you amazing photos if you don't follow a few basic steps. Make sure to keep the camera stable and steady, whether that's with a small tripod or just simply using two hands. ...

Video: Open the Books with Open Data

May 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ron Galperin is the city controller for Los Angeles. He ran for office because he was passionate about knowing more about L.A.'s finances. Galperin was on an open data mission from the beginning. "I really believe in making data-driven decisions, and that you will make better decisions when you have ...

Video: Inside Microsoft's HoloLens

May 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Holograms, along with flying cars and jetpacks, have long been a symbol of the future yet to come. Now, the future is almost here. Microsoft's holographic goggles, known as the HoloLens, have many applications and their developers say it could change the fields of genetics, engineering and paleontology. See the ...

Video: Make Your iPhone Feel Like New Again

May 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Everyone wants his or her iPhone to run like the day it came out of the box. Here are some helpful tips to achieve just that, by freeing up storage and helping the battery run better. It may seem obvious, but as a first step be sure to delete apps ...

Video: New Ideas from New Generations

April 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kyle Hall, special assistant to the city controller of Los Angeles, has some advice for young people in government: Find a leader who has a vision on how to make government work better and help him or her achieve that. Hall says you don't have to work in government for ...

Video: Wearable Tech That Keeps You Safe

April 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As a society, we're more connected than ever, but what about during emergencies? Several new technologies have come out recently offering Internet of Things-era safety. Devices like the Safelet, the Cuff and the Siren all disguise themselves as fashionable accessories and can pair with your smartphone to help keep you ...

Video: Heat Seek Brings New York in From the Cold

April 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New York City gets roughly 200,000 heating complaints every year. "That has major impact on people's lives and on people's health," said William Jeffries, an engineer for Heat Seek, a civic hacking project turned nonprofit, which aims to help NYC citizens keep their heat on. The team has built temperature ...

Video: This Stick Crams a Windows PC Into the Palm of Your Hand

April 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Though smartphones have come a long way in the past few years, they still don't feature fully operational Microsoft Office. Enter Intel's Compute Stick, which houses the equivalent of a Windows 8 PC in a very tiny package. The Stick could be a great resource for business travelers, as long ...