Ken Nakata

Ken Nakata, JD, CIPP/US is the one of the most well-known attorneys in the area of IT accessibility and is the Director of Cryptzone’s Accessibility Consulting Practice (ACP). Nakata’s work focuses on Web and software accessibility from both a legal and technical perspective. Nakata’s ACP team helps organizations manage the change towards accessibility in all aspects, providing consulting services aimed at shaping their accessibility policies and practices, and evaluating the overall state of their Web properties leveraging Cryptzone’s accessibility solutions. He is also a board member for the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP),of which Cryptzone is a founding member.

Nakata worked for twelve years as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He has argued on behalf of the United States government many times before the federal courts and has helped shape the government’s policies for the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Nakata also worked as Director of Accessibility and Government Compliance at BayFirst Solutions, a Washington, DC consulting firm.

In 2000, Attorney General Janet Reno presented Nakata with the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Information Technology. In addition to practicing law, Nakata is active in software and web-based technologies, including Java, JavaScript, SQL, and ColdFusion. In July 2001, he was certified by Sun Microsystems as a programmer for the Java 2 Platform. Nakata is a frequent speaker on both law and technology and is equally adept at conducting one-on-one workshops with programmers and developers as well as explaining law and policy to large audiences. He holds a Bachelors of Art degree in mathematics from John Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is admitted to the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Example Legal Action Against Inaccessible Websites

May 23, 2017 |

In the absence of specific regulations for web accessibility in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses are left without legal guidance on how to make their complex websites accessible. Some advocate for full compliance with WCAG 2.0 in all... Read More


How to Make Accessible Websites

April 26, 2016 |

One out of every five adults has a disability, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But yet, with such a high proportion of adults living with a disability, it is shocking how many... Read More


Cryptzone Activities Planned for CSUN 2016

March 17, 2016 |

The Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN Conference) is next week in San Diego from March 21-25, 2016. CSUN is always much anticipated by the accessibility community, offering an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users,... Read More