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: What Chatting in Virtual Reality Looks Like

October 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The future of telework could lie in a virtual reality headset. At the recent Oculus Connect Conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg debuted a live social platform for virtual reality, called a VR Chat. Inside the chat, participants have an avatar that can display different moods, depending on what you choose...

Video: Keep Facebook Messages Private Using End-to-End Encryption

October 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you're worried about the privacy of your data or just want to keep conversations away from prying eyes, encrypting messages can be a good solution. Facebook has recently debuted a new feature in its messenger app to do just that, called "secret conversation." Only you and the recipient can...

Video: Energy Department's 3-D Printed House

October 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine being able to print your own brand-new house. The Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory made the first strides in doing just that, creating a prototype of a 3-D printed home, and dubbed it the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration project, or AMIE. The house comes complete with a...

NASA's Curiosity Rover Begins Its Next Phase

October 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since landing on the red planet in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Rover has spent its time exploring the Martian terrain, taking over 180,000 images and collecting and analyzing samples of the environment that perhaps once held water. On Oct. 1, NASA gave Curiosity a 2-year mission extension. So what's next...

Video: This App May Save You From Email Overload

October 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Frustrated by an onslaught of emails? A new app called Alto, developed by AOL, could be the answer. Alto gathers emails from multiple accounts, both personal and work, and scans them for keywords to automatically filter them into categories like personal, shopping and photo, for any emails with a photo...

Video: Tips to Boost Password Security

September 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the recent Yahoo hack affecting 500 million user accounts, there's no better time to get serious about password security. Try to change your account passwords on a regular basis, especially if you have a Yahoo account and the password associated with it is one you use on other sites....

Video: BlackBerry Officially Has Stopped Making BlackBerrys

September 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For years, BlackBerry was the device of choice for politicians and top government officials, prized for its easy-to-use keyboard and stronger security measures. Since then, it's been outpaced and replaced by touch-screen devices like iPhones and Androids. The company behind the infamous little phone has announced it will stop building...

Video: What Does Gut Bacteria Have to Do With Space Travel?

September 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's a lot of things NASA has to study before it's planned, manned mission to Mars in the 2030s. Astronaut Scott Kelly's famous year spent in space provided a jumping off point for a lot of research on how the human body functions in low gravity, high radiation environments for...

Video: How NASA's Star Shade Will Help Us Find Life in the Universe

September 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Getting a good look at planets orbiting other stars is a difficult task, but NASA has developed a solution using the power of origami: the Star Shade. The Star Shade is shaped like a large bicycle wheel and is about the size of a baseball diamond once fully opened. But...

Video: One Trick to Stay Secure While Online Shopping

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Online shopping is one of the most convenient ways to get everything you need, but often that convenience comes at a security cost. Shoppers can do several things to protect their financial information, including adding two-factor authentication to their bank login (as well as every login). Shopping with a virtual...

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