Ethan Gregory Dodge

Cyber security and tech expert


Surveillance and Tech Columnist

Ethan Gregory Dodge is a cyber security engineer turned activist, having founded the Citizens Privacy Coalition of Santa Clara County in July 2020. The organization seeks to raise awareness surrounding the surveillance state of all jurisdictions in the county, educate the community in anti-surveillance techniques and drive meaningful privacy legislation.

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: Silicon Valley residents must help ban surveillance advertising

According to social psychologist Shoshana Zuboff, in her book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, in 2001 tech executives looking to save their companies from the ensuing dot com bust, met in the heart of Santa Clara County and designed the groundwork for the ubiquitous advertising model of our time: Surveillance advertising. It is the practice that...

EGD: Privacy is a human right. San Jose should treat it as such.

In my career as a cyber security professional, I have found that the interests of security and privacy can often collide. But I have also learned that that doesn’t have to be the case. For example, protecting customer data from hackers often includes monitoring employee behavior and activity for potential data theft, a precaution that...

Dodge: True police reform requires regulating surveillance tech, San Jose

On Monday, the San Jose City Council will vote whether or not they should do something their Bay Area neighbors have already done: prioritize the regulation of surveillance technology. Oakland, San Francisco, Davis, Berkeley, Alameda, Santa Clara County, and even BART have all taken action to bring more oversight to the acquisition of surveillance technology. But San Jose, a...

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