Benjamin Freed

Managing Editor

Benjamin Freed is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, 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, localities and higher education institutions with information security.


Alaska creates broadband office for federal infrastructure funds

by Benjamin Freed • 10 hours ago

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a bill creating a new statewide broadband office, preparing the state to accept federal funding.


Georgia CTO Steve Nichols steps down after 20 years

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

Steve Nichols, who was hired as Georgia's chief technology officer in 2002 and served five CIOs, is joining the consulting firm Gartner.


State officials eye 'new era' for Oregon broadband

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

A consortium providing broadband infrastructure to Oregon's public and nonprofit sectors has big plans for building out the state's networks.


Ongoing threats against election administration fuel 'anxiety and dread,' officials tell Senate

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

A hearing on threats against election workers, egged on by falsehoods about the 2020 presidential contest, turned emotional at times.


California Deputy CIO Russ Nichols to retire

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

Nichols, who's worked in state IT for more than two decades, served as acting CIO for five months earlier this year.

County & Local

Reports of government ransomware attacks are down, but looks are deceiving

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

There are fewer publicly confirmed attacks against local government so far this year compared to 2021, but the trend's not easily explained.