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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 to Slash Android Data Use

June 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Conserving data is a must for any smartphone user who doesn't want to be stuck with a nasty bill. There are a few things Android users specifically can do to ensure their device doesn't gobble up every last bit. While in the Chrome browser, turn on the "data saver" setting...

Video: The Itty-Bitty Robot You Can Eat

May 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What do you do when a child swallows a battery or another small and dangerous metal object? It's a medical problem that can have dire consequences. Using the principles of origami, MIT researchers have developed a diminutive robot made to be swallowed by the patient as a potential solution. The...

Video: Google's Plan to Kill the Password with a 'Trust Score'

May 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As much as people are advised otherwise, most tech users choose passwords that are not up to par. Google is hoping to end the password problem on its Android operating system by getting rid of passwords and instead implementing a "trust score." That trust score system would use several factors...

Video: How to Use Your Phone Instead of a Card at the ATM

May 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bank of America wants you to say goodbye to your wallet. Instead, the bank wants customers to use their smartphone to withdraw cash. Customers have to already have in place a digital wallet like those offered by Android, Apple and Samsung. The cash withdrawal feature would only be accessible though...

Video: This Mermaid Robot Can Swim Better Than You

May 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ocean One, a humanoid robot developed by Stanford University, has the ability to swim, float and manipulate objects in the ocean depths. But why build a sea-faring robot to look like a human, and not a fish or another creature more suited to the water? It turns out, a humanoid...

Nextgov Discusses Federal Cybersecurity

May 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In some ways, the government is still reeling from the massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management, but agencies continue to strive to improve federal security. Nextgov staffers took to Twitter to discuss, among other things, the state of federal cybersecurity and the threats of tomorrow. Check...

Video: A Few Ways to Defend Yourself Against Ransomware

May 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ransomware is a security threat on the rise. In increasing numbers, hackers are breaking in, encrypting data and not releasing it until a ransom has been paid. The Homeland Security Department reported 321 cases of potential ransomware against the federal government since the summer of 2015. Hackers have gone after...

Video: Bill Nye Teaches Us About the Juno Solar-Powered Spacecraft

May 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Juno Space craft is on a mission to Jupiter, to study the planet's atmosphere and magnetic fields. The spacecraft launched in August 2011 and will finally reach its destination in July 2016. Throughout its journey, the spacecraft will rely on solar power, even when it's 484 million miles away...

Video: Google Shares What It's Been Developing

May 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you're reading this, there's a very high chance that you've relied on a product or service from Google to get you through your day. Throughout this year, look for new improvements to those everyday technologies. At it's developer conference on Wednesday, Google announced its improved artificial intelligence will power...

The ISS Has Made its 100,000th Orbit of Earth

May 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On May 16, the International Space Station passed its 100,000th orbit around planet Earth. The first portion of the station was launched 17 years ago. It continues to travel at 17,500 miles per hour and it makes those orbits around the world in just 90 minutes. Here's some numbers to...

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