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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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MIT's New Cheetah Robot Navigates While 'Blind'

July 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robots and other autonomous things often rely on cameras to "see" the world around them and navigate. But what happens when one of these robots encounters some place where they can't rely on their form of vision? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed the Cheetah 3 robot that can...

The Smartphone Fingerprint Scanner Gets a Heat-Sensing Upgrade

July 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fingerprint sensors—once a rarity—are now fairly common on smartphones. South Korean researchers have now given the fingerprint scanner an upgrade. This new scanner is a clear sensory array, meaning that it could be hidden underneath the display rather than accessed as a button. It can also check the temperature of...

Facebook Bug Could Have Unblocked People You Previously Blocked

July 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you choose to block someone on social media, it's usually for a good reason. Maybe you just don't get along with them, they post upsetting content or maybe they have harassed you in the past. Whatever the reason, most Facebook users probably want the people they block to stay...

Facebook Tells Congress It Shared User Data with More Companies

July 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook comes clean. Again. The tech company admitted to providing numerous tech companies special access to user data in documents sent to Congress on Friday. This release of documents follows the questioning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg received during a congressional hearing in April. It's also the second round of documents...

International Space Station Welcomes Robot Crew Member

June 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's tight quarters and long work days for the astronauts living on the International Space Station, and they need all the help they can get. Luckily for them, an assistant is on the way. CIMON, which stands for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, is a robotic ball with a screen that...

Facebook Files Patent For Tech That Can Take Advantage of Your Phone's Mic

June 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has found itself in hot water for violating its users' privacy again and again. Though the social media giant has sworn to turn over a new leaf, the company filed a patent earlier this month for some tech that might make people uncomfortable. The patent presents a way for...

EFF's Mission to Make Email Servers More Secure

June 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Email security is crucial for organizations, both public and private, and the non-profit digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation is leading the charge to make email servers more secure. The organization announced Monday its new project, "STARTTLS Everywhere." It aims to help server admins run STARTTLS emails servers correctly, Engadget...

Data Breach Notifications Can Now Be Brought to You

June 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Typically when a large data breach occurs, those possibly affected by it often have to jump through hoops to find out if their information was compromised. A new initiative from popular web browser Firefox and password manager 1Password bring information about data breaches straight to the user, reports Engadget. Both...

Supreme Court Rules That a Warrant Is Necessary for Phone Location Data

June 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Worried about law enforcement following your digital footsteps? Now you'll be able to shout, "Get a warrant!" The Supreme Court ruled Friday in a 5-4 decision that police need warrants in order to gather phone location data as evidence, CNET reports. The case dates back to 2011, when police investigating...

IBM's Project Debater Wants to Argue With You

June 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you're someone who never backs down during an argument, then you might not like IBM's newest artificial intelligence system, Project Debater. Equipped with a machine learning algorithm and deep neural networks, the system can pull in data from millions of sources like articles and papers from journals to construct...