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.


New York City launches portal to crowdsource COVID-19 information

by Benjamin Freed • 15 hours ago

The city is trying get a better picture of potential coronavirus exposure. "This will all depend on our New Yorkers signing up," CIO Jessica Tisch said.


North Carolina expands online voter registration amid coronavirus

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

The state will allow anyone with a DMV-issued identification to register to vote online, as the spread of COVID-19 has shuttered government offices and halted in-person registration efforts.


Colorado adds COVID-19 info to state's mobile app

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

The Colorado Office of Information Technology said it's added new features to the myColorado app reflecting the measures the state has taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


What's in the pandemic relief bill for state tech?

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

The $2 trillion emergency relief bill contains several provisions that could address states' IT needs brought on by the spread of the coronavirus.


New York launches IT 'SWAT teams' to aid pandemic response

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

The state is recruiting private-sector and education technologists to help with the IT workload created by the health crisis. Microsoft and Google have already volunteered.


Digital medical licenses could help doctors practice across state lines

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

A company that digitizes professional licenses is offering states access to its software to validate medical licenses as the coronavirus pandemic continues.