Mara Hvistendahl writes about national security and technology. Before joining The Intercept, she was a National Fellow at New America and the China bureau chief for Science. Her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Economist, and Wired, and she has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CBS, MSNBC, and NPR.
Mara is the author of “The Scientist and the Spy,” on an FBI counterintelligence investigation involving industrial espionage, and “Unnatural Selection,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Book Prize.
Oracle Executive’s Contentious Interview With the Reporter He Sought Dirt On
Executive vice president Ken Glueck defended supplying technology to Chinese authorities and undercut Oracle’s own marketing.
How a Chinese Surveillance Broker Became Oracle’s “Partner of the Year”
A network of local resellers helps funnel Oracle technology to the police and military in China.
How Oracle Sells Repression in China
In its bid for TikTok, Oracle was supposed to prevent data from being passed to Chinese police. Instead, it’s been marketing its own software for their surveillance work.
How the LAPD and Palantir Use Data to Justify Racist Policing
In a new book, a sociologist who spent months embedded with the LAPD details how data-driven policing techwashes bias.