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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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ACLU Wants to Keep Your Phones and Software Safe From the Government

June 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are multiple government agencies working to keep people safe from hacking and cyber crime, but what happens when the perpetrator behind the hacking is the government? The American Civil Liberties Union released a guide for software developers on Thursday that will teach developers how to respond to government requests...

Eyes Closed in Photos? Facebook AI Can 'Open' Them

June 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Say Cheese! Click! It's a common problem with having your photo taken: Your grin is wide but your eyes are shut tight as soon as the flash goes off. A pair of Facebook engineers have developed a solution to this common annoyance, an artificial intelligence tool that can open closed...

Facebook Introduces New Form of Two-Factor Authentication

June 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Security experts recommend two-factor authentication as an easy step for people to make their accounts more secure. Though email and financial accounts are the most important to secure, it is also recommended that people employ it for social media accounts, especially Facebook. Many people use their Facebook account to log...

Apple's New OS Will Automatically Share Your Location During 911 Calls

June 18, 2018 During an emergency, the situation can be so intense that the person dialing 911 may not be in a position to provide a street address. And often an emergency situation occurs on a random stretch of road or somewhere not easily described without exact GPS coordinates. Apple's upcoming operating system...

Apple's New OS Will Automatically Share Your Location During Emergency Calls

June 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During an emergency, the situation can be so intense that the person dialing 911 may not be in a position to provide a street address. And often an emergency situation occurs on a random stretch of road or somewhere not easily described without exact GPS coordinates. Apple's upcoming operating system...

These Police Dogs Sniff Out Electronic Devices

June 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Police dogs are trained to sniff out a variety of things, but you may not realize that your phone is one of them. Electronic storage detection dogs are trained to sniff out devices like hard drives, thumb drives, smartphones and computers. The training program was developed by Connecticut State Police,...

Mozilla Is Developing a Voice-Controlled Browser

June 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mozilla, the makers of popular Firefox browser is developing a new browser that can respond to voice commands. The non-profit tech organization announced its plans for the browser at an event on Wednesday in San Francisco, CNET reports. "Hey Scout, read me the article about polar bears," Mozilla writes. "With...

Google Translate Is Getting An Upgrade

June 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google Translate is a useful tool for many people, but sometimes when you need it most, like in a remote jungle in a foreign country, it doesn't work. That's why Google announced Tuesday that it will be updating the Google Translate feature for the Android app to include an offline...

Android Malware Is Infecting Amazon Fire Sticks

June 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You could be in trouble if you've downloaded any apps that allow you to watch pirated TV shows and movies to your Fire TV stick. An Android virus has been found on these stick devices, Engadget reports. Known as ADB.Miner, it's a malware worm variant that will throttle your devices...

Uber's AI Knows When You're Inebriated

June 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Uber may soon be able to tell if you've had a few too many beers. The ride-hailing company has applied for a patent on a machine learning system that can identify when passengers are drunk, CNN reports. The system can monitor and catalog your daily behavior when you interact with...