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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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You Can Now Snooze Notifications on Google's Office App

September 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google's Hangouts Chat program lets you communicate with colleagues throughout the day. It is similar in function to Slack or Microsoft's Teams program. It's a tool to foster productivity as well as collaboration and morale, which studies show are crucial elements to the functioning of a workplace. But this tool...

Facebook Introduces Bug Bounty Program For Third-Party Apps

September 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You might occasionally use your Facebook account to log into another site. It's quick and convenient but results in a sharing a lot of your data with third-party services—and it does carry some security risks. These risks are exactly why Facebook is introducing its latest bug bounty. The company announced...

As Google Plans To Re-Enter China, Lawmakers Have Concerns

September 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google is developing an alternate version of its search engine for the Chinese market, and U.S. lawmakers and Google's own employees are concerned. The search engine would link users' phone numbers to what they looked up and would blacklist certain words such as "student protest" and "human rights," The Intercept...

Lawmakers Want the Intel Community's Plan for Dealing with Fake Videos

September 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some members of Congress are deeply concerned about deep fakes, videos which use machine-learning techniques to fabricate highly realistic clips and images which do not exist at all. A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote a letter Thursday to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats asking about deep-fake technology and what...

Facebook Makes Election Security Promises

September 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making some big promises regarding election security. Zuckerberg detailed Facebook's goals in a blog post Thursday. In the post, he claims that the social media company will be prepared to fight any election interference occurring on the site and details the steps Facebook...

Google's Location Tracking Is Under Investigation

September 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The state of Arizona is investigating Google's location tracking practices. The tech giant could be facing heavy fines if Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich determines that the location tracking violated user privacy, the Washington Post reports. This investigation follows an Associated Press report in August that discovered that Google may...

New Device From AT&T Could Help People With Prosthetic Limbs

September 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New wearable technology is coming to help patients who use prosthetic limbs. AT&T has partnered with prosthetic provider Hanger Clinic to develop a network-connected device for patients, Engadget reports. The device has an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer to gather data on the prosthesis, on how it moves and functions. Then,...

A Popular App Has Been Stealing Everyone's Browser History

September 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the top-selling apps in Apple's Mac App Store was deceiving users and stealing their browser histories to send to China, TechCrunch reports. The nefarious app, known as Adware Doctor, was the highest grossing paid app in the App Store's "paid utilities" category. The app advertised itself as a...

Apple Building Portal For Law Enforcement Data Requests

September 9, 2018 Around this time of the year, Apple is usually announcing its latest mobile devices. But this week, the company announced a tool geared specifically toward police. On Tuesday, Apple sent a letter to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D- R.I. detailing some of the new tools it is developing for law enforcement...

Apple Building Portal For Law Enforcement Data Requests

September 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Around this time of the year, Apple is usually announcing its latest mobile devices. But this week, the company announced a tool geared specifically toward police. On Tuesday, Apple sent a letter to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D- R.I. detailing some of the new tools it is developing for law enforcement...