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.

Modernization

Georgia CIO says focus is 'constituent-first'

by Benjamin Freed • 8 hours ago

Georgia CIO Shawnzia Thomas said at an AWS Summit that her state is moving "as many applications as we can" to cloud services.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware on edtech vendor results in data breach of 500K Chicago students

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

Chicago Public Schools said teacher-evaluation software sold by edtech nonprofit Battelle for Kids was hit by ransomware in December 2021.

Modernization

34 states and territories have already signed up for the $45B broadband fund

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

Nearly two-thirds of states and territories signaled their intention to apply for the broadband fund within a week of the program's launch.

County & Local

Clark County, Nev., promotes deputy CIO to top role

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Bob C. Leek, who's been with the Las Vegas-area county since February 2021, now leads its 200-person IT department in Clark County.

StateScoop TV

Vermont CIO 'taking a step back' on modernization projects

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Vermont CIO plans to take an enterprise-level look at the projects being undertaken with $140 million in modernization funding.

Cybersecurity

House sends state and local cyber coordination bill to Biden

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

Lawmakers approved a cyber coordination bill firming up CISA's information-sharing relationships with state and local governments.

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