Ethan Gregory Dodge

Cyber security and tech expert


Surveillance and Tech Columnist

Ethan Gregory Dodge is a cyber security engineer turned journalist.

His years of experience monitoring the networks of Silicon Valley tech companies positions him to technically and fundamentally understand surveillance technologies used in both public and private settings. It has also enabled him to teach activists, journalists and every day citizens across the country how to protect their privacy.

In addition to his regular column with San José Spotlight, he is also the creator of Surveillance Today, a weekly newsletter and podcast discussing current events in surveillance.

Dodge also has a proven track record of holding power to account. As a co-founder of the now defunct nonprofit newsroom Truth & Transparency, his reporting has helped drive change in powerful institutions and put criminals behind bars.


EGD: What is predictive policing and why is it dangerous?

Predictive policing is an increasingly popular tool among law enforcement. According to the RAND Corporation, it was initially envisioned in 2008 by William J. Bratton, police chief of the Los Angeles Police Department at the time. Bratton began to speak publicly about how data analytics had helped his department anticipate gang violence throughout L.A. Soon,...

EGD: Explaining San Jose’s partnership with Helium

A peculiar news release landed in my inbox the morning of Sept. 29 about San Jose using some cryptocurrency program to raise money for internet services for those who can’t afford it. I almost immediately rolled my eyes upon even seeing the word “cryptocurrency” in a government news release. What’s more, I had never heard of...

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