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: More Than 900 Million Android Devices Could Have These Security Flaws

August 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Android users, beware. Recently, researchers from security firm Check Point discovered four flaws that could compromise a huge number of Android devices. The problem stems from Qualcomm chipsets, which are used in many Android models. If even one of the four vulnerabilities is exploited, it could compromise the whole device....

Video: Breeding Mosquitoes to Fight Zika

August 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Zika virus continues to spread into the southern United States, researchers are trying to develop new ways to combat the disease and its carrier, the dreaded mosquito. Scientists in California are taking a counterintuitive approach to stopping the spread of Zika and other diseases: releasing even more mosquitos....

Video: Highlights from DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge

August 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that ForAllSecure is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After years of preparation and qualifying rounds, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Cyber Grand Challenge finally reached its conclusion. Seven teams from around the country, and the autonomous computer systems they each built,...

Video: How Refugees Use Technology

August 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the average person in the 21st century, smartphones are a useful tool and a source of entertainment. For a refugee, mobile devices have become a lifeline to their family and their future. Around 57,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are stuck in Greece, waiting and watching for news...

Video: Inside a Lab That Smashes up Smartphones for Science

August 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you've ever dropped your phone, you know that whether it survives can ride on what kind of case is around the device. OtterBox, a company that specializes in protective cases, has developed its own testing lab where it puts smartphones and their cases through the wringer. An enormous 3-D...

Video: How to Make Your iPhone More Like An Android

August 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Do you have an iPhone but want the flexibility of an Android? Here's what you can do. To start, change your keyboard. Apple recently opened up its iOS to allow for third party keyboards, and conveniently Google makes a keyboard for iOS that has Google search built right into it....

Video: It's Machine against Machine at This Year's Cyber Grand Challenge

August 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What do hackers do at summer camp? Play capture the flag, of course. And this year, computers are getting in on the action instead of humans, for the first time at the Aug. 4 Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Cyber Grand Challenge. Seven computers, or cyber-reasoning systems, have each been...

Video: Password Manager LastPass Fixes Security Flaw

July 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Users of password management system LastPass can rest a bit easier today. The company quickly addressed a security bug that allowed malicious sites to access user logins. What was the problem? The extension's autofill function, which populated usernames and passwords when users visited the applicable website. LastPass would only examine...

Video: Inside NASA's Mission to Neighboring Asteroid

July 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Juno isn't the only NASA mission gathering information in our solar system. NASA is sending a spacecraft, the OSIRIS-REx, to near-Earth asteroid Bennu, which scientists believe may contain chemical clues to the origins of life. After a 2-year journey, remote-sensing instruments on board the craft will map the asteroid in...

Video: Inside Tesla's Massive Gigafactory

July 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk has big plans for his car company, Tesla. And to achieve his goal of building a massive fleet of affordable electric and solar-powered cars, he's going to need a lot of batteries. To manufacture all of those lithium ion batteries, Tesla is building a factory in Nevada, which...

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