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my name is Alexander (Alex) Voss and this is my website describing services I am offering as a freelance worker at the intersection of IT, the Social Sciences and Philosophy.

I focus on software engineering somewhat outside the norm in a number of respects. Be it my take on questions of being agile, putting (human) rights and users at the center of product development and software engineering or using theories of causation to make sense of complex cyber-socio-physical systems.

Steering clear of dogma and avoiding hype, I work with people to find uniquely adequate solutions. Always happy to talk, contact me at to discuss how I might help you. Learn more about the kinds of services I offer by choosing from the options below.


  • Torshi (coming soon!)

    Represent rights and other constraints on software development and track how they impact the technical design, policies for operation and use as well as monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.

    Use Torshi to practice rights-driven development...


  • Agility

    Having trouble implementing agile working practices across your organization? Let me help you find out how you can benefit from modern product development approaches and contemporary software engineering practices.

    Become more agile!

  • Rights-Driven Development

    Let rights drive your development work to ensure you live business and human rights best practice. Instead of experiencing push-back from user communities, show them respect and get respect in return.

    Become rights-driven!

  • Corealisation

    Finding that there is too much of a distance between your development team and actual users? Working with intermediaries does not work for you? Let your staff learn directly from user's everyday lives.

    Learn to co-realize!


At the moment, I work as a freelancer and independent researcher. Before this, I taught software engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. Before this, I held research appointments at the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester. I hold a PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh.

I have been affiliated with a number of institutions through research collaborations. Most recently, I was a Technology Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I have also been affiliated with the Department of Philosophy at Harvard and with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

I am an Honorary Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. In the past, I have held honorary appointments at the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester.