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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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Beware of Black Friday Scams

November 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While many people are looking forward to grabbing deals on all kinds of goodies on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thieves are looking forward to grabbing your money and personal information. Many security researchers have discovered that malicious online activity ramps up during this intense shopping season, CNET reports. Researchers...

Survey: Most Employees Unaware of Travel Security Threats

November 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The holiday season is soon approaching and many people are preparing to travel around the United States and internationally. They will pack laptops, tablet and smartphones—some of them work devices—so they can stay connected on their trips. A high percentage of these people, however, have no idea how to keep...

NASA Collaborated With Autodesk To Design A New Interplanetary Lander

November 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Trying to land a vehicle on the moon of distant planets is a risky endeavor. So engineers and scientists aren't too keen to experiment, and they want technology that's been proven to be solid and reliable. But NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory decided to join forces with Autodesk to explore ideas...

Postal Service's Informed Delivery Feature Could Be Helping Fraudsters

November 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Postal Service's program designed to make snail mail easier and more convenient may be exposing its customers to fraud. The USPS Informed Delivery program currently has 13 million users. These customers sign up to receive a scan of their incoming mail before it's delivered. The Secret Service issued...

Google Chrome to Start Warning Users if Sites Might Bill Them

November 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google is releasing the latest version of its web browser, Chrome 71, in December. This version has an update that could save users some money by warning users when a site will try to unexpectedly charge or bill them. Mobile billing services are the most common culprit of this practice....

Facebook Increases Effort to Remove Terrorist Content

November 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are many things Facebook doesn't allow its users to post. One of the most obvious is content related to terrorism. The social media giant says it removed 3 million posts tied to terrorism in the third quarter of 2018. That seems like a lot, but it's actually down from...

DJI Vulnerability Let Hackers Spy on Drones

November 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DJI is one of the world's leading drone companies, providing tools for both consumers and corporations alike. With such a massive reach, a security flaw could be especially damaging, and researchers from Security Firm Research discovered just that, CNET reports. A hole in DJI.com's code could have allowed people to...

How Well Did Wireless Carriers Respond to Natural Disasters? The FCC Wants to Know.

November 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Numerous natural disasters have had a dramatic impact on the U.S. this year, including Hurricanes Florence and Michael. How are wireless networks coping with the aftermath and will they prepare for the next emergency? That's what the Federal Communications Commission wants to know. The FCC announced Tuesday that it is...

These Drones Can Search and Rescue Without GPS

November 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drones are often a quality search and rescue tool. The Interior Department recently made excellent use of them in Hawaii to find and help people trapped by lava. But drones aren't perfect at the task. Often, dense forests can block GPS signals that locate people. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute...

Senators Want Facebook To Fix Ad Transparency Tool

November 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once again, lawmakers aren't happy with Facebook. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va. and Amy Klobuchar, D.-Minn., wrote an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to fix the site's ad transparency tool. Facebook introduced advertising rules in May to help crack down on political misinformation campaigns that require anyone...