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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild is Nextgov's Web Producer. In her role, she writes about privacy, personal security and emerging tech, but also coordinates Nextgov's social media strategy. She has worked at Government Executive Media Group since 2011. Caitlin has previously written for Living Social, Washingtonian and Nellis Air Force Base. She is an alumna of The College of William & Mary.
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Despite Privacy and Security Controversies, Facebook Continues to Grow

October 31, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook is now boasting more than 2.6 billion users for its entire suite of products. This includes Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. The core Facebook app now has 1.49 million daily active users, a nine percent increase from the same time in 2017. And all those users mean one...

Signal's New Feature Lets Users Send Messages Anonymously

October 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you're someone who deals in sensitive information or cares about privacy, there hasn't been a lot of good news for you lately in the tech industry. But there might be a ray of hope. Messaging app Signal as a rule tries to minimize as much as possible the amount...

Hubble Space Telescope Is Back In Action

October 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fans of photography of galaxies, nebulas and star clusters can rejoice: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is back in action. The space telescope is online and performing scientific observations again, NASA announced Saturday. Hubble went offline Oct. 5 after one of the gyroscopes—which keep the telescope steady—failed. While a backup gyro...

Microsoft Finalizes Its Purchase of Github

October 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft now officially owns code-sharing platform Github. Microsoft first agreed to purchase the platform in June of this year. The acquisition was finalized after the European Union approved of the deal last week, TechCrunch reports. The Github platform is used by 31 million developers, and Microsoft paid $7.5 billion in...

ACLU Demands Homeland Security Disclose Facial Recognition Tech Details

October 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The American Civil Liberties Union has called on the Homeland Security Department to disclose its use of facial recognition technology. The move follows a report that came out Tuesday and revealed the extent to which tech companies Amazon and Palantir supported the Homeland Security Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Google Streamlines Search Data Controls

October 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following the Google+ data exposure controversy, Google has made some slight privacy changes to its famous search engine. Users will have access to data controls within Google search. They will be able to access privacy controls, review and delete their recent search activity and can generally learn more about how...

Mozilla Tests Firefox VPN Service

October 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How much would you pay for privacy online? Mozilla is willing to bet some users will pay $10 per month for a security and privacy boost, so it is offering a virtual private network service. The tech company announced the news in a blog post on Monday. The service won't...

Report: Facebook Is Shopping for a Cybersecurity Company

October 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you accidentally expose the information of 29 million people, you may want to take some steps to remedy the situation. Facebook, still reeling from the biggest security breach in its history, is taking steps to buy a cybersecurity company, The Information reported on Sunday. The social media giant allegedly...

Researchers Have Discovered a Way to Track 3D Printed Guns

October 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the key reasons policymakers and law enforcement agencies find 3D printed guns worrisome is their so-called "untraceable" nature, but researchers may have found a way to match a gun to a printer. Unlike traditional firearms, 3D printed guns have no bills of sale or serial numbers, nor do...

New Apple Portal Lets Customers Download All Their Data

October 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to know what kind of data Apple has on you? Apple users can now download a copy of their data through the tech company's revamped privacy portal, TechCrunch reports. This privacy portal is already available for European citizens, as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation law went into...