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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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Firefox Extension Can Prevent Facebook From Tracking You Around The Web

March 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mozilla, the company behind the popular web browser Firefox, has released a new tool designed to boost user privacy and protect against invasive tracking by Facebook, CNET reports. Mozilla's announcement specifically comes in response to the recent revelation of Facebook's massive data compromise that affected about 50 million of its...

FTC Will Investigate Facebook's Data Privacy Scandal

March 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When reports first surfaced of Facebook's massive data compromise, wherein the tech company allowed Cambridge Analytica to obtain extensive personal information for about 50 million Facebook users without their permission, it seemed likely that the Federal Trade Commission would step in, Engadget reports. Today the FTC confirmed those suspicions and...

Amazon Developing Drone That Understands Hands Signals & Human Voice

March 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Commercial drones have increasingly become a part of our lives. The Federal Aviation Administration knows it, and so does Amazon. The tech giant was just issued a patent this week for a delivery drone that is able to interpret vocal and gestural commands from humans. According to the patent, the...

Google Chrome Will Soon Stop Videos from Autoplaying

March 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever opened up a link and been immediately blasted with sound coming from an autoplay video? It's an annoying tactic used by many sites and ads across the web, and it's almost universally loathed by internet users. Google decided to do something about it. Google is set to...

Amnesty International Wants to Solve Twitter's Big Problem

March 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's been a lot of attention on Facebook this week, but another social media platform could use some work too.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has previously put out a call for solutions to some of the problems the site faces, and Amnesty international has answered, reports CNET. The human rights advocacy...

The 5 Best Ways to Clean Up Your Tech

March 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's March, so many people are beginning their spring cleaning process. But while you freshen up your home, don't forget to freshen up your technology. To start, clean up your hard drive. To determine where all that space went, go to your computer's storage settings and see what's taking it...

NASA Figures Out a New Way to Bring Satellite Data Back Down To Earth

March 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA may be one of the best at launching all sorts of aircraft into space but bringing the data they gather back down to Earth for analysis can be surprisingly tricky. Currently, a satellite would have to move to be within the range of a dedicated station on the ground...

Autonomous Robot Bees To Swarm at Walmart Near You

March 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mega-retailer Walmart supplies its customers with a lot of things and now the company appears to be interested in the teeny tiny drone market. The big box retailer filed a patent on March 8 for a prototype of autonomous robotic bees. This is one of six patents related to farming...

Here's How Many Bad Ads Google Purged From The Web Last Year

March 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bad advertising is the scourge of the internet. Though it is a Sisyphean task, Google, along with the rest of the tech industry, has been working on reducing it. Google announced Wednesday the company removed 3.2 billion bad ads in 2017. That's almost twice as many in 2016, where the...

Microsoft Still Fixing Spectre and Meltdown Flaws

March 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You may remember the news at the very beginning of 2018 about some very big and very scary security vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre. Microsoft hasn't forgotten either, and the tech giant is still on a quest to secure its customers against them, Engadget reports. More than a billion PCs...