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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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Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter Unite to Make More Portable Data

July 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Typically, the major tech companies compete against each other for clicks and cash. But now, four of the biggest players in the tech industry, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter have joined forces for a new project. It's an open-source Data Transfer Project, also known as DTP, that is designed to...

IBM Extends Watson Partnership With VA to Support Veterans With Cancer

July 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Watson is here to help, again. IBM has chosen to extend a partnership with the Veteran Affairs Department, the company announced Thursday. This partnership involves the company's computer system, Watson for Genomics Technology, which will continue to help to treat veterans with cancer. The focus of the partnership is on...

Get Ready to Legally 3D-Print a Gun

July 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you own a 3D printer, soon you'll be able to print something a little more dangerous than your average trinket. Defense Distributed recently won the right to publish blueprints of firearms online, which would allow anyone with access to a 3D printer to download, print and assemble a gun,...

Walmart Patents Tech That Could Monitor You As You Check Out

July 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You might want to be careful what you say when you're shopping at Walmart in the future: It might be recorded. The retail giant was awarded a patent on July 10 for a listening system that would be put in place in Walmart stores. The system is designed to capture...

Smart TVs Are Tracking Viewers And These Lawmakers Are Concerned

July 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You love to sit down in the evenings and watch TV ... but what if your TV was also watching you? This science fiction concept is quickly becoming reality as more and more consumers are purchasing smart TVs. These devices are able to track user behavior and viewing history and...

Google Chrome Feature Guards Users From Spectre Attacks

July 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Meltdown and Spectre security threats have been worrying security experts since they were discovered. Google has introduced a new feature to protect the users of its Chrome browser from a Spectre-type attack. The tech giant made the announcement in a blog post on Wednesday. The latest iteration of the...

Google Calendar Feature Helps Users Create Work-Life Balance

July 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be difficult when both employers and employees can always stay connected with technology. But setting and maintaining boundaries at work can also be aided by technology. Google rolled out a new feature called "Working Hours" that helps keep your colleagues from adding you to...

Congress Wants the Scoop on Gmail User Privacy

July 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google has a lot of explaining to do regarding the privacy of its popular email service Gmail, according to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Commerce Committee Sens. John Thune, R- S.D., Roger Wicker, R-Miss. and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., sent a letter to Google's parent company Alphabet and...

The Security Hole in Apple's New Security Feature

July 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple introduced USB restricted mode as part of its new iOS update, which it released Monday. The feature is designed to stop law enforcement from cracking the passcode to your phone by using a USB device. It does this by disabling USB access after your phone has been locked for...

NASA Turns on the Lasers on a Pair of Climate Satellites

July 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pew! Pew! Pew! Perhaps the thought of lasers in space evoke an epic sci-fi movie battle, but NASA recently switched on a pair of lasers for an entirely different purpose. These lasers, also known as experimental laser ranging interferometer (LRI) instruments, belong to the two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment...