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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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International Space Station Welcomes Robot Crew Member

June 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's tight quarters and long work days for the astronauts living on the International Space Station, and they need all the help they can get. Luckily for them, an assistant is on the way. CIMON, which stands for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, is a robotic ball with a screen that...

Facebook Files Patent For Tech That Can Take Advantage of Your Phone's Mic

June 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has found itself in hot water for violating its users' privacy again and again. Though the social media giant has sworn to turn over a new leaf, the company filed a patent earlier this month for some tech that might make people uncomfortable. The patent presents a way for...

EFF's Mission to Make Email Servers More Secure

June 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Email security is crucial for organizations, both public and private, and the non-profit digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation is leading the charge to make email servers more secure. The organization announced Monday its new project, "STARTTLS Everywhere." It aims to help server admins run STARTTLS emails servers correctly, Engadget...

Data Breach Notifications Can Now Be Brought to You

June 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Typically when a large data breach occurs, those possibly affected by it often have to jump through hoops to find out if their information was compromised. A new initiative from popular web browser Firefox and password manager 1Password bring information about data breaches straight to the user, reports Engadget. Both...

Supreme Court Rules That a Warrant Is Necessary for Phone Location Data

June 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Worried about law enforcement following your digital footsteps? Now you'll be able to shout, "Get a warrant!" The Supreme Court ruled Friday in a 5-4 decision that police need warrants in order to gather phone location data as evidence, CNET reports. The case dates back to 2011, when police investigating...

IBM's Project Debater Wants to Argue With You

June 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you're someone who never backs down during an argument, then you might not like IBM's newest artificial intelligence system, Project Debater. Equipped with a machine learning algorithm and deep neural networks, the system can pull in data from millions of sources like articles and papers from journals to construct...

ACLU Wants to Keep Your Phones and Software Safe From the Government

June 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are multiple government agencies working to keep people safe from hacking and cyber crime, but what happens when the perpetrator behind the hacking is the government? The American Civil Liberties Union released a guide for software developers on Thursday that will teach developers how to respond to government requests...

Eyes Closed in Photos? Facebook AI Can 'Open' Them

June 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Say Cheese! Click! It's a common problem with having your photo taken: Your grin is wide but your eyes are shut tight as soon as the flash goes off. A pair of Facebook engineers have developed a solution to this common annoyance, an artificial intelligence tool that can open closed...

Facebook Introduces New Form of Two-Factor Authentication

June 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Security experts recommend two-factor authentication as an easy step for people to make their accounts more secure. Though email and financial accounts are the most important to secure, it is also recommended that people employ it for social media accounts, especially Facebook. Many people use their Facebook account to log...

Apple's New OS Will Automatically Share Your Location During 911 Calls

June 18, 2018 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...