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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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How Tech Companies Plan to Control the News

June 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With more people getting their news from social media, the companies that run these feeds are coming up with new ways to determine who sees what news. Apple will soon release a news app for iPhones and iPads and plans to hire journalists to select news stories for the app....

Video: Getting a More Tactile Virtual Reality Experience

June 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been making waves for the past few years, and it will soon be in the hands of consumers as it becomes available for purchase in 2016. The latest iteration of the device is lighter weight, features a 3-D audio system and can connect...

Open Data: Efficiency From Accessibility

June 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tyler Kleykamp believes we're all data people, regardless of our coding or technology skills. As Connecticut’s chief data officer, Kleykamp spearheaded the open data movement in his state. The effort began as a way to explore how businesses received state money through tax credits, loans and grants. By opening up...

Video: 3-D Printing a HabitatMap for Humanity

June 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What do you get when you combine open data, 3-D printing and the Internet of things? One possibility is the Airbeam. Airbeam is a small Arduino-powered wearable device that clips to a purse or a backpack and monitors fine particulate matter to accurately detect air quality in real time. The...

US and China are Two Top Botnet Attack Targets

June 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Though the U.S. has already recently suffered major cyberattacks in 2015, it's likely the hits will keep coming. A new report released by Level 3 Communications tracking botnet activity in the first quarter of 2015 reveals the United States gives and receives the lion's share of botnet attacks. The report...

Video: Can a School That's Part Tech Startup Transform Education?

June 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine a school with no tests, quizzes or grades, with kids signing into class with a touch-screen swipe. That's exactly what's happening at Silicon Valley's AltSchool. Founded in 2013 by a former Google employee Max Ventilla, students receive an individualized curriculum through a tablet or laptop -- though they don't...

Video: New Horizons Will Shed More Light on Pluto Than Ever Before

June 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On July 14, after nine years and 3 billion miles, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will finally have reached its destination of Pluto on the outskirts of the solar system. In honor of this momentous occasion, NASA has produced a documentary, "The Year of Pluto," detailing the long journey of New...

Video: Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Home Network

June 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When a network is good, the Netflix stream is clear and living is easy. But when a home network is bad, the Internet times out and your favorite show keeps buffering to no end. What to do? Well, the first step is to secure your Wi-Fi. If you haven't already...

Video: These High-Tech Kiosks Can Speed You Through Customs in Minutes

June 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The San Francisco airport gets roughly 15,000 international travelers per day, and the customs process can often be long and drawn out. With the addition of a new self-service kiosk that eliminates the need to fill out paperwork, wait times are drastically reduced. Travelers scan their passport, take a picture,...

Video: Turning Citizens into Data Rock Stars

June 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ben Wellington is not your stereotypical data scientist. The blogger and comedian runs the blog I Quant NY to tell the story of New York City through its open data releases. He believes anyone can work with open data. "We need to create a world where they don't have to...