Lizzie O’Shea (2000) has been very busy these past couple of years. She published her first book, Future Histories, in May 2019. It’s a compelling read about the ethics of today’s technology, exploring radical social movements and theories and applying them to debates we have about digital technology today.

It’s essential reading for people ‘in tech who are keen to know more about the historical context that got us here, as well as for critical thinkers starting to get curious about technology.’ (Lizzie O’Shea’s blog at

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Lizzie is also a founder and board member of Digital Rights Watch, which advocates for human rights online.

In recent years, Lizzie has given a lot back to Lauriston. She was the guest speaker at our 2019 Founders’ Day Assembly and her speech was inspiring and passionate and the topic of much conversation later. In addition, Lizzie gave a thought-provoking talk to the Year 10 girls as part of their Signature Program and to the Year 12 IB students at the School’s annual Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Camp. Earlier this year she was the guest speaker at the Victorian IB Awards.

When Lizzie is not working on her book or inspiring our Lauriston students, she is a senior associate at Maurice Blackburn in their class action team. And somewhere between finishing her Law Degree and now, Lizzie also pitched a television series to the ABC. The result was ‘Legal Briefs’, a 10-episode program explaining Law and featuring Lizzie interviewing some of Australia’s top legal minds. ‘Legal Briefs’ is perfect for students of law and can still be viewed online at

Lizzie now appears regularly on national television programs and radio commenting on law, digital technology, corporate responsibility and human rights, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian and Sydney Morning Herald

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