Soon after starting his career as a data security engineer in the early 2010s, Ethan Gregory Dodge quickly learned the empowering effect transparency can have on those negatively impacted by obfuscated processes and systems. Subsequently, he developed a deep appreciation for the role the press and activists played in bringing about said transparency. In early 2016, Dodge experienced a complete change in world view upon abandoning the orthodox Mormon belief system he was raised with, a decision largely influenced by his church’s own obfuscations. Despite having left the religion, he has found the culture of Mormonism to be important to his identity and continues to be fascinated by the movement’s history and progression as a secular Mormon.
In late 2016, inspired by his own experience, Dodge helped start MormonLeaks, which later evolved into Truth & Transparency, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to religious accountability through impact journalism. The organization’s work has been featured and cited in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Salt Lake Tribune, Gizmodo, and countless local media outlets.
Today, while he continues to promote accountability and transparency, Dodge’s efforts have largely shifted from religion to privacy through his storytelling in Surveillance Today, a newsletter and podcast about the real-life effects of modern surveillance on all demographics and populations. He is also the founder of the Citizens Privacy Coalition of Santa Clara County, an organization dedicated to educating activists in anti-surveillance techniques, investigating local law enforcement’s surveillance use, and promoting policy and legislation to curb harmful suveillance.
Dodge holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Utah Valley University and is fluent in Spanish.