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.

State

USC to hold election cybersecurity events in every state

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative plans to hold one-day cybersecurity workshops for election officials and campaign workers in all 50 states before Election Day.

State

Code for America chief Jennifer Pahlka to step down Jan. 31

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Pahlka, who previously announced the organization's search for a new executive director, will remain a consultant and member of its board of directors.

City

Cybersecurity isn't infrastructure? 'Like hell it isn't' warned New Orleans mayor

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

As the city recovers from a December ransomware attack, Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the unfortunate incident vindicates her earlier comments to the New Orleans City Council.

City

Pitt think tank to review ethics of algorithms in local governments

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

The former federal prosecutor running the task force said there's a place for AI-backed technologies like facial recognition, but that governments can "do better."

City

Iran tension 'heightened awareness' for state and local cybersecurity, CISA chief says

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

Chris Krebs, the Department of Homeland Security's top cybersecurity official, told a group of mayors to use the moment as an opportunity to improve their defenses against ransomware.

County & Local

Mobile voting arrives for 1.2 million Seattle-area voters

by Benjamin Freed • 7 days ago

Voters around Seattle will be able to use a smartphone to cast ballots for a seat on an environmental board, but warnings about online voting still abound.

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