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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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Apple's New OS Will Automatically Share Your Location During Emergency Calls

June 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During an emergency, the situation can be so intense that the person dialing 911 may not be in a position to provide a street address. And often an emergency situation occurs on a random stretch of road or somewhere not easily described without exact GPS coordinates. Apple's upcoming operating system...

These Police Dogs Sniff Out Electronic Devices

June 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Police dogs are trained to sniff out a variety of things, but you may not realize that your phone is one of them. Electronic storage detection dogs are trained to sniff out devices like hard drives, thumb drives, smartphones and computers. The training program was developed by Connecticut State Police,...

Mozilla Is Developing a Voice-Controlled Browser

June 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mozilla, the makers of popular Firefox browser is developing a new browser that can respond to voice commands. The non-profit tech organization announced its plans for the browser at an event on Wednesday in San Francisco, CNET reports. "Hey Scout, read me the article about polar bears," Mozilla writes. "With...

Google Translate Is Getting An Upgrade

June 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google Translate is a useful tool for many people, but sometimes when you need it most, like in a remote jungle in a foreign country, it doesn't work. That's why Google announced Tuesday that it will be updating the Google Translate feature for the Android app to include an offline...

Android Malware Is Infecting Amazon Fire Sticks

June 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You could be in trouble if you've downloaded any apps that allow you to watch pirated TV shows and movies to your Fire TV stick. An Android virus has been found on these stick devices, Engadget reports. Known as ADB.Miner, it's a malware worm variant that will throttle your devices...

Uber's AI Knows When You're Inebriated

June 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Uber may soon be able to tell if you've had a few too many beers. The ride-hailing company has applied for a patent on a machine learning system that can identify when passengers are drunk, CNN reports. The system can monitor and catalog your daily behavior when you interact with...

FCC Bans Surprise Phone Charges

June 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever look at your phone bill and wonder what in the world all those different surcharges are for? Well, that shouldn't be happening according to the Federal Communications Commission. Despite it being illegal, phone companies have often employed the practice of "cramming" unauthorized line items into a customer's phone bill,...

VPNFilter Malware Still Has Its Sights Set On Your Router

June 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You may have recently heard that you should reboot your router to keep your home network and devices secure. If you didn't listen to the FBI's recommendation then, a new development could help convince you to take action. The threat that the FBI warned about, VPNFilter, is more dangerous than...

Microsoft Moves a Data Center Under the Sea

June 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Data centers use a lot of energy, produce a lot of heat and require a lot of work to keep them cool. Microsoft announced Tuesday that they may have found the perfect solution. The tech company has placed a data center at the bottom of the ocean, Engadget reports. Part...

Washington State Sues Facebook and Google For Political Ads

June 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the 2018 midterm elections fast approaching, election security and transparency continue to worry policymakers, including those in Washington state. The state is suing both Facebook and Google for violating the state's campaign finance law, Reuters reports. The suit, filed by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, says the two companies...