Code•It! Apple: Encryption & Ethics Debate

The April Code•It! will feature a group discussion on the ethics of encryption in light of the confrontation between Apple and the federal government. Experts will discuss the technology involved and the potential ethical concerns and then audience members will engage in a robust discussion of all aspects of the issue.

Josh Lange holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic Start University. He is currently a technical architect with First Orion in Little Rock. Previously, Josh worked as a software engineer for Microsoft working on the Foundation team (Core Framework). Microsoft Business Solutions, Dynamics AX.  

Benjamin McCorkle is a legal ethics expert and partner at Beacon Legal Group in Little Rock.

During this discussion, Josh and Benjamin will discuss the recent confrontation between Apple and the Federal Government. They'll talk about the technical challenges as well as the ethical implications of this case. 

Attendees will participate in a spirited Q&A with discussion following a brief presentation

Code•It! Tools for Big Data Analytics with Dr. Elizabeth Childers

Elizabeth Childers, PhD, MPH worked in the healthcare industry for the last 16+ years exploring, and conducting clinical trials, epigenomics, birth defects, behavioral health, biostatistics, chronic disease epidemiology, alcohol and drug behavior, injury epidemiology, bystander intervention, and sexual assault prevention.

In 2015, she made the transfer into the private retail sector working for a Fortune 500 company as the Director of Financial & Statistical Analysis,  exploring human behavior with regard to consumption, buying power, and migration.

She also serves as a Professor of Biostatistics at George Washington University Medical School.  

Dr. Childers will discuss analyzing big data and cover a brief overview of some software tools used in big data analytics as well as her favorites in statistical analytics.


The October Code•It! technical speaker series features 3 leading experts from Acxiom Corporation. They will give an overview of five no SQLs--Aerospike, Cassandra, ElasticSearch, Mongo, and Redis--in twenty five minutes.

Scott Jones has been the Principal Architect of Enterprise Architecture specializing in transactional system and software as a service at Acxiom Corporation for the last 15 years. Mr. Jones is currently restructuring one of Acxiom's core solutions.

Scott will be profiling Aerospike and Mongo.

Nishad Karekar has been a product and expert architect with a focus in enterprise architecture at Acxiom Corporation.  Mr. Karekar will cover Cassandra and Elastic Search, and then Scott Jones will be joined by Frank Ledo remotely to discuss Redis.

Mr. Ledo is a System Architect and Engineering Leader at Acxiom Corporation.

Following the rapid-fire presentation, participants will be able to engage in a spirited Q&A with the experts.