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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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How to Practice Cybersecurity With The Whole Family

April 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many people are concerned about cybersecurity when it comes to their own devices, but what if not everyone in your home has the skills to protect themselves online? Kids quickly learn how to use tech to do fun things online like connect with friends and play video games, but might...

Privacy Tool Makes It Harder For ISPs To Track You

April 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Internet users' level of privacy, or lack thereof, has come to national attention in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal. But it's not just Facebook that has been mining and selling your data. Internet service providers collect a lot of data about their customers' browsing habits. Understandably, many people...

VISA Applications May Require Five Years of Social Media Information

March 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department wants to make some major changes to the visa application process, specifically, they want every applicant to disclose any social media handles used in the past five years over to the government, Engadget reports. This level of disclosure would include both immigrant and non-immigrant applicants. Those applying...

The Government Wants to Know What Scares People About The Internet of Things

March 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From web-connected refrigerators that tell you when to get groceries to connected cars that talk with each other and even popular digital assistant speakers, the internet of things is playing a growing role in our lives. While some are hopeful about the technology's potential, others, such as the the Consumer...

Facebook Expands Bug Bounty Program for Data Mining Apps

March 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has been embroiled in data-privacy scandal recently and now the social media giant is looking for new ways to atone for its sins. While Mark Zuckerberg will be busy answering to Congress, Facebook wants its security researchers and anyone else with the right skills to find and report any...

Firefox Extension Can Prevent Facebook From Tracking You Around The Web

March 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mozilla, the company behind the popular web browser Firefox, has released a new tool designed to boost user privacy and protect against invasive tracking by Facebook, CNET reports. Mozilla's announcement specifically comes in response to the recent revelation of Facebook's massive data compromise that affected about 50 million of its...

FTC Will Investigate Facebook's Data Privacy Scandal

March 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When reports first surfaced of Facebook's massive data compromise, wherein the tech company allowed Cambridge Analytica to obtain extensive personal information for about 50 million Facebook users without their permission, it seemed likely that the Federal Trade Commission would step in, Engadget reports. Today the FTC confirmed those suspicions and...

Amazon Developing Drone That Understands Hands Signals & Human Voice

March 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Commercial drones have increasingly become a part of our lives. The Federal Aviation Administration knows it, and so does Amazon. The tech giant was just issued a patent this week for a delivery drone that is able to interpret vocal and gestural commands from humans. According to the patent, the...

Google Chrome Will Soon Stop Videos from Autoplaying

March 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever opened up a link and been immediately blasted with sound coming from an autoplay video? It's an annoying tactic used by many sites and ads across the web, and it's almost universally loathed by internet users. Google decided to do something about it. Google is set to...

Amnesty International Wants to Solve Twitter's Big Problem

March 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's been a lot of attention on Facebook this week, but another social media platform could use some work too.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has previously put out a call for solutions to some of the problems the site faces, and Amnesty international has answered, reports CNET. The human rights advocacy...