Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed

Technology Editor

Benjamin Freed is the Technology Editor for StateScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states and localities with information security. Previously, he wrote about politics and culture for Washingtonian magazine, and before that was the editor-in-chief of DCist. He has also written for Slate, Washington City Paper and the New Republic.


Battleground states have improved election security, but more can be done, report says

by Benjamin Freed • 2 hours ago

A look at how 12 battleground states have prepared for the election is cause for guarded optimism, New York University's Brennan Center for Justice found.

County & Local

Texas partners with FireEye to fend off ransomware

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

A new bulk-purchasing agreement will give state and local agencies low-cost access to the company's cybersecurity offerings.


Why a think tank is connecting cybersecurity volunteers with election officials

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Maya Worman, executive director of the University of Chicago Harris School's Election Cyber Surge says the program aims to let election officials "know they are not out to sea."


Six months in, state executives reflect on their pandemic response

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

Winners of StateScoop 50 Awards for GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year share how the pandemic has dramatically changed their operations and outlooks.


Election questions? Idaho's new Waston-powered chatbot has answers

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

The Idaho secretary of state's office this year implemented an IBM Watson assistant to answer voters' questions about absentee ballots, voter registration and polling places.


Schools remain 'easy target' for ransomware as Maze targets big K-12 systems

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

There's a "special place in hell" for ransomware actors who go after schools during the start to a chaotic academic year, one analyst told StateScoop.