Category: commentary

I’m deleting Facebook. It’s a matter of conscience

Introduction If you’re leaving a room full of people you’ve been talking with, I think it’s polite to say goodbye. So it was out of courtesy that I let my Facebook friends know that I am about to delete my account. Of course, whether they see that post or not depends on the degree to …

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A review of Aira. What it is, how it works, and the ways it has changed my life

Author’s note. Due to the amount of interest in this post, I’ll be updating it from time-to-time with additional information and experiences. This post was last updated on 23 April 2018 with information on the Aira trial for New Zealand, Australia and the UK, a link to the NewsHub coverage of the ways Bonnie and …

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Text of my formal complaint to Statistics New Zealand about inaccessible census codes

If you’ve been following my blog posts on the New Zealand census, this one will contain some information you already know. But now that I have completed the census and there is unlikely to be any further fluidity about the situation, I thought it might be helpful if I publish the text of my complaint …

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Statistics New Zealand read me my census code, but let’s not lose sight of the systemic issues

My thanks to everyone who expressed support for my previous blog post about the 2018 census in New Zealand. I’m enough of an optimist to believe that most New Zealanders still think that everyone is entitled to a fair go, and the unanimously positive response I’ve received validates that optimism. I also learned about the …

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Blind people should count. My run-around with Statistics New Zealand, and how they’re making me a criminal.

Note, there is a follow-up post which I wrote the day after this one was published. You’ll find a link to it at the end of this one. Tuesday, 6 March, is census day in New Zealand. The law says that everybody living in or visiting New Zealand on that day must complete a census …

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My address to the 20th Retina International World Congress, “Breaking the Barriers of Blindness”

Breaking the Barriers of Blindness Address delivered to the 20th Retina International World Congress by Jonathan Mosen, 11 February 2018   What are the barriers that result from blindness? Most people consider blindness to be a significant disability. Some surveys have shown that people fear blindness even more than cancer and AIDS, both conditions which …

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My Address to the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind

Using Apple hardware and apps as an effective tool in the toolbox   Address delivered to the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind at its conference in Greenville, South Carolina, 17 November 2017   It’s an honour to have been asked to speak with you today. By way of background, I have a …

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An open letter to Tim Cook, about those Blindfold Games. Surely one of your departments has gone rogue?

Note, this matter has concluded with an excellent outcome. As Marty from Blindfold Games writes on his blog, Apple has put things right.     Dear Mr Cook, a few days ago, I mentioned you in a tweet in which I praised your team members who had clearly put considerable thought into the Face ID …

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Bullied by a thief, pirate threatens legal action against me

A couple of days ago, I blogged about being made aware of the organised theft and redistribution of my intellectual property. I thought long and hard about whether to publish the post, and decided to do so for several reasons. First, it gave me the opportunity to communicate how hurtful these acts are for the …

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How do some people sleep at night? Blind people ripping off other blind people

Recently on The Blind Side podcast, I was honoured to be able to conduct a fascinating interview with professor Stephen Lockley of Harvard University about non-24. That’s the condition that makes it difficult for many of us in the blind community to maintain consistent sleeping patterns. Perhaps that’s not the only reason some people are …

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