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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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NIH Is Handing out 10,000 Fitbits To Track People's Health

November 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Institutes of Health's precision medicine initiative—an effort to tailor medical treatments to a patient's individual genetics—is shifting direction. Announced in 2015, the recently renamed All of Us program aims to collect years of health data from 1 million Americans to study how different lifestyles impact various health conditions....

Here's How to Actually Use the iPhone X

November 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The iPhone X is finally available. If you've saved up enough cash to buy one (they're more than $1,000) and you've made the appropriate preparations in advance (backing up your personal data), then you're almost ready to walk into the sunset with your new Apple device in hand. Yet, there...

Astronauts Have Been Dealing With the Same Crappy Printers for 17 Years

November 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While there is a lot of advanced technology aboard the International Space Station, astronauts also need to use some mundane tech to conduct their missions, like a home printer. Yes, astronauts need printers too. And the crew aboard the ISS has been using the same two outdated models for 17...

Here's How to Save Phone Data While Traveling

November 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the holiday season approaches, people are finalizing the details of their upcoming travel plans. Keeping the smartphone offline can be key while traveling, especially when traveling abroad. No one wants to discover massive data charges after they've returned home. But many travelers will still need a smartphone for some...

Can Computers Read? They're Learning To

November 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When logging into a website or app, we sometimes have to prove we're a human. This is a tricky task, previously done by filling out a Captcha. But those squiggly, sometimes nonsensical word combos have quickly become much easier to read and much easier to crack for computer systems, provided...

These Driverless Cars Won't Rely on You in An Emergency

October 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Waymo has been testing autonomous vehicles with human passengers for the last several years, but the company recently decided to make one important change. The company, a subsidiary of Google, told Reuters they stopped developing "hand-off" features that made drivers take control in dangerous situations, which many other autonomous vehicles...

Apple Versus Google: Whose New Phone is Better?

October 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two powerful new smartphones, Apple iPhone 8 and Google's Pixel 2, have entered the market, but which one is the better choice? The iPhone 8 runs OS 11 and has Siri. The Pixel 2 runs Android Oreo and has Google Assistant. Both devices are water resistant but neither has a...

McAfee Stops Lettings Foreign Governments See Its Source Code

October 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While everyone is worrying about Kaspersky software on government systems, McAfee, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm, is worried about government interference in its software. The company will no longer let foreign governments, especially Russia, review its source code, a company spokesman told Reuters on Thursday. McAfee was previously a part of...

Twitter Bans Ads From Russian Media

October 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter announced Thursday that they were planning to "off-board" advertising from any accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, two Russian news sources. This decision comes after a report from the U.S. Intelligence Community that concluded RT and Sputnik acted on behalf of the Russian government and attempted to...

Do You Trust Amazon to Enter Your House?

October 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon announced a new service on Wednesday called Amazon Key, which would allow an Amazon delivery worker to place packages just inside the door of the recipient's house. This may be welcome news to the many people who have had packages stolen or damaged by inclement weather but requires significant...