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Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.
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Should We Give Kids an Internet of Their Own?

April 16, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It might be better to ban kids from the internet. Across the West, governments are pushing for more power to regulate cyberspace even as authoritarian political parties are gaining more official power, portending a future in which what people can say online is subject to the whims of ill-meaning bureaucrats....

The Dangers of a Mandatory DNA Database

February 26, 2019 In Arizona last week, a state legislator named David Livingston stirred a controversy about DNA that may be a portent of privacy nightmares to come. A law he proposed would have forced many residents to give samples of their DNA to a state database, to be stored with their name...

The Dangers of a Mandatory DNA Database

February 22, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In Arizona this week, a state legislator named David Livingston stirred a controversy about DNA that may be a portent of privacy nightmares to come. A law he proposed would have forced many residents to give samples of their DNA to a state database, to be stored with their name...

Why Did the Border Patrol Union Switch Its Position on the Wall?

January 15, 2019 In advocating for border security, President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to enlist Border Patrol agents and their union, the Washington Post reports, even bringing union leaders for Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the White House “to tout the wall.” That isn’t surprising in one sense: Lots...

Analysis: Oversight Is the Biggest Winner of the Midterm Elections

November 7, 2018 Oversight is the winner of the 2018 midterms. For two years, as the press documented suspicious activity in all realms of President Donald Trump’s life, many Americans wondered, “How corrupt is the president? How about his political allies, his business associates, his appointees, and the people who run his nonprofit...

Donald Trump’s Reckless Iran Tweet

July 23, 2018 On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech to a domestic audience that the United States cannot prevent his country from exporting oil, adding that “peace with Iran would be the mother of all peace and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars.” Donald...

The American Who Says He’s Been the Target of Five Air Strikes

June 18, 2018 He was born Darrell Lamont Phelps. He grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, moved down to the city, tried his hand at comedy, and later converted to Islam, adopting the name of Bilal Abdul Kareem. Now 46 years old, he lives in the Middle East, where he has a...

Congress May Declare the Forever War

June 13, 2018 A rising generation of Americans has never known peace. Very soon, in Iraq or Afghanistan or Syria or Somalia or Libya or perhaps elsewhere, an 18-year-old man or woman will be deployed by the United States military to risk his or her life in a War on Terror that began...

Rick Perry Should Not Be Allowed to Pick Nuclear Weapons

June 7, 2018 A generation ago, the House of Representatives debated a matter of huge civilizational consequence: whether building a neutron bomb would help deter conflict with the U.S.S.R. or make an apocalyptic catastrophe more likely by lowering the threshold for nuclear war. A republic demands that the people’s representatives decide such matters....

Barack Obama Reflects on Leaving the Presidency

December 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What was President Obama thinking in the moments just before he handed off power to Donald Trump? It’s a question that millions must have wondered about last January. Now they have an answer. In Obama’s first major interview as a private citizen, he told Prince Harry of Wales, the British...