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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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Video: Meet the Giant Robot That Builds Boeing’s Airplane Wings

October 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robots do all sorts of jobs for us these days, from vacuuming our floors to keeping us company. One giant robot, named Panel Assembly Line or PAL, sounds friendly, but its job is to construct wings for 737 airplanes. PAL sits at 20 feet tall inside a Boeing factory and...

Video: These Apps Will Help You Prepare for When Disaster Strikes

October 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With many are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, now is a good time to create a plan in the event of an emergency or a natural disaster. These apps can help you begin to get ready. The Red Cross has apps for every kind of disaster—after all,...

Video: Obama on How We'll Embrace Self-Driving Cars

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Self-driving vehicles may soon be on the cusp of widespread adoption. But what does President Barack Obama think of the potentially revolutionary technology? The president, filling the role of guest editor for Wired magazine, recently spoke on the future of artificial intelligence and the overall relationship between government and technology....

Video: Obama Discusses His Artificial Intelligence Fears

October 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama has taken on the position of guest editor for Wired magazine for the month of October. He sat down to discuss his views on the intersection of government and technology, the advent of artificial intelligence and its many applications and implications. So, is Obama concerned about a...

Video: Electric Fuel Cell Vehicles Join Energy Department Fleet

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department and National Park Service recently begun using electric fuel cell vehicles in their fleets. The cars, which are hydrogen-powered and only emit water vapor, were gifted by Toyota and Hyundai. This is the first time an EFCV will be used by any federal agency. Energy plans to...

Video: Obama on Fixing Government With Technology

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama, who has always been a tech-savvy politician, is taking on the role of Wired guest editor for the month. He recently sat down to discuss his view of the relationship between technology and government. Obama drew a distinction between the government adapting technology to do a better...

Video: How Will GSA Initiatives Fare During the Presidential Transition?

October 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration might soon undergo many changes. Nextgov's own Mohana Ravindranath participated in a roundtable discussion on GSA's attempt to increase collaboration with industry as well as how the agency will fare during the upcoming presidential transition. Specifically, how will the transition affect GSA's most notable initiatives like...

Video: What It's Like to Control a Robot Avatar

October 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Using a robotic avatar to go places a human body can't is the stuff of sci-fi dreams. That's why Japanese airline ANA is sponsoring the Avatar XPrize. "So the goal of the Avatar Xprize is a contest that will bring all the makers together to create a general purpose avatar...

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...

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