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.

County & Local

Senators float $40 billion to close broadband gap

by Benjamin Freed • 19 hours ago

A bipartisan bill seeks to invest in "future-proof" networks and support the creation of municipal broadband services, amid a broader debate on infrastructure.

State

Ohio takes tougher line on election tech wireless connectivity

by Benjamin Freed • 23 hours ago

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said his state's voting machine standards go further than the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's VVSG 2.0, which didn't ban Wi-Fi capabilities.

State

MS-ISAC members get access to other industries' cyber intel

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Members of the cybersecurity group for state and local agencies can access a Deloitte website that collects threat intelligence for a variety of sectors, the consulting firm said.

State

Utah governor names state's first chief innovation officer

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Rich Saunders, who's led the state health department since August, will be expected to "aggressively upgrade state government efficiencies," Gov. Spencer Cox said.

State

What the White House told state AGs about cybersecurity

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber issues, met with state attorneys general to discuss ransomware and other threats.

State

L.A. County CIO Bill Kehoe to take top IT job in Washington state

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

Gov. Jay Inslee said Kehoe, a former county and state agency CIO, will take over Washington Technology Solutions in August.

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