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.

Data & Analytics

California names new deputy CIO and data officials

by Benjamin Freed

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced several new appointments to the California Department of Technology and Office of Data and Innovation.

Digital Services

States with digital services have happier residents, survey finds

by Benjamin Freed

States with the best digital services have customer satisfaction ratings on par with banks and online shopping, a McKinsey survey found.

Cybersecurity

South Dakota governor bans TikTok on state devices

by Benjamin Freed

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said TikTok's ownership by a Chinese parent company makes it a "growing national security threat."

Modernization

Pennsylvania sets broadband plan for upcoming federal funds

by Benjamin Freed

The plan lays out Pennsylvania's plans to manage more than $100 million in federal broadband funds coming from the 2021 infrastructure law.

Modernization

California wants to consolidate recycling tech

by Benjamin Freed

California's recycling agency is looking to replace more than three dozen applications with a single platform.

Cybersecurity

CISA updates infrastructure protection guide for state and local planners

by Benjamin Freed

CISA updated its guide to infrastructure resilience planning for state and local governments, with an eye on project leadership.

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