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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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What the Pentagon Thought the Future of Cybersecurity Would Look Like in 2001

May 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly 15 years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency looked into its crystal ball and managed to accurately predict a lot of things about the future of cybersecurity technology. Recently, YouTube user Todd Heberlein unearthed the vintage DARPA film called "Strategic Cyber Defense" that was the source of those...

Video: Drones Take Center Stage at First-Ever Silicon Valley Fashion Show

May 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During most fashion weeks around the world, the focus is strictly on the clothes. But at Silicon Valley's first-ever fashion week, models weren't strutting down the runway. Instead, drones with hangars attached buzzed around and showed off designer duds. Betabrand, a San Francisco-based company that uses crowdsourcing to design its...

Video: The Hubble Space Telescope at 25

May 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Hubble telescope has been fundamental in our understanding of the universe. Its launch and the subsequent photographs it has given us are a massive success for both NASA and the U.S. government. (Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe – among...

Video: Jetpack Travel Like You've Never Seen it Before

May 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever wish you could just skip the commute and fly to work on a jetpack? Well, that may soon become a reality. Two daredevils recently took to the skies above Dubai to show off their jetpack prototypes. Designed by one of the pilots himself, Yves Rossy, the jetpack has fixed...

Open Data: A Multiyear Data Odyssey

May 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When many discuss open data, they refer to the finished products of GPS and weather forecasts. But how does open data go from raw numbers to citizen service? Kevin Merritt, the founder and CEO of Socrata, is here to explain. "There's not just technology, but an entire customer success methodology...

Video: All The Times Microsoft Was Actually Ahead of the Curve

May 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft just unveiled its crazy, futuristic HoloLens, but this isn't the first time the company was on the cutting edge. For example, though much-maligned in the '90s, Microsoft Office's annoying assistant, Clippy, is actually a predecessor of today's virtual assistants, Siri and Google Now. In 2006, Microsoft's Ultra-Mobile PC introduced...

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...