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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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The Future of Meetings Could Include Facial Recognition and AI

May 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft has plans to make the office meeting of the future run much differently. The company showcased a new technology prototype at its 2018 Build Developers Conference that uses facial and audio recognition combined with artificial intelligence to act as the ultimate stenographer. The device recognizes employees as they walk...

How Firefox is Moving Beyond Passwords

May 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Could this be the beginning of the end for passwords? Mozilla is releasing an updated version of its web browser, Firefox 60, on Wednesday. The new browser supports a security technology that could change the way personal security is done online, CNET reported. Called Web Authentication, or WebAuthn for short,...

Twitter Testing Out Encrypted Messaging

May 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking for a more private way of messaging someone on Twitter? The social media platform is currently testing out an encrypted messaging option. Developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered the evidence of this new feature inside the Twitter for Android application package, TechCrunch reports. Twitter has dubbed the feature "Secret Conversation"...

Google Introduces New Election Ad Rules

May 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 2018 midterm congressional elections are just seven months away and election security is a big concern for many. Google is responding by announcing new transparency measures, Mashable reports. Google senior vice president Kent Walker laid out the changes in a blog post on Friday. To start, Google plans to...

Google Pay Has Come to The Web

May 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Doing a lot of online shopping this summer? Google wants to help you do it a bit faster. The tech company announced in a blog post Wednesday that it is beginning to roll out Google Pay to the web for desktop and mobile. A similar feature, Apple Pay, has been...

It's 2018 And The World Still Sucks at Passwords

May 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As our lives are increasingly housed online, password security becomes more and more important. The World Password Day campaign hopes to encourage everyone to get serious about passwords. It's not just tech neophytes that are making password mistakes: Even people working in information technology commit a variety of password sins....

Pentagon Bans Sale of Chinese-Designed Phones On Military Bases

May 3, 2018 The Pentagon is cracking down on the sale of Chinese-designed phones and other devices over hacking concerns. The Defense Department announced Wednesday that it is banning the sale of phones made by Chinese-based companies Huawei and ZTE on military bases worldwide over worries that the companies could hack the phones...

Pentagon Bans Sale of Chinese-Designed Phones On Military Bases

May 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is cracking down on the sale of Chinese-designed phones and other devices over hacking concerns. The Defense Department announced Wednesday that it is banning the sale of phones made by Chinese-based companies Huawei and ZTE on military bases worldwide over worries that the companies could hack the phones...

Singapore Airport To Use Facial Recognition To Track Lost and Late Travelers

May 1, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Singapore's Changi airport is testing out facial recognition systems but not for law enforcement purposes. The airport should have the capability within the next year to recognize and identify the faces of travelers who are late for their flight. “We have lots of reports of lost passengers ... so one...

Fitbit Using Google Cloud to Make Your Data Available to Doctors

April 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That Fitbit you've been wearing on your wrist to count your steps might soon be providing data directly to your doctor. Fitbit announced Monday it would be partnering with Google to use the Google Cloud Healthcare API to connect user data to electronic health records. Fitbit's 25 million active users...