Inspired Innovators: Speech rights in the age of the internet

March 2, 2021

Inspired Innovators Speaker Series


Social Media as the Public Square? Speech rights in the age of the internet.


Talk overview:

There’s an inherent conflict between American free speech values and the realities of the private square (e.g., social media platforms), where the First Amendment is applicable but not in the way most of us assume.


How is free speech regulated on the internet and what are different approaches the United States could take in the future? Join us on Tuesday March 2nd for the next event in our Inspired Innovators speaker series. This event will be a conversation between Adam Barea, a legal director at Google, and Professor Dmitry Bam of the University of Maine School of Law. They will discuss the history of the regulatory and legal system we currently have, the pros/cons of our current system, and then explore ideas for solutions and different approaches. Topics will include content moderation by private entities, deplatforming, private censorship, who has responsibility, how the U.S. approach differs from Europe’s, and how we can best address injustices.


About the series:

Inspired Innovators is a speaker series focused on topics that inspire all of us to reach for continuous improvements. It features thought leaders in law, business, policy, and public health from Maine and beyond.



Tuesday March 2, 2021

12:15pm – 1:15pm

FREE webinar


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About Our Featured Speakers


Adam Barea is a Legal Director at Google LLC, where he has worked since 2007.  Adam served as lead in-house litigation counsel on numerous high profile litigation matters, including Viacom v. YouTube and Google v. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, and managed the company’s General Litigation team.  Since 2012, Adam’s practice has increasingly focused on consumer protection arising from high-risk third party content appearing on Google’s platforms, and today he leads a team tasked with focusing on the same through novel user safety initiatives, amicus efforts, and impact litigation.  He also serves as co-chair of the board for the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies, and sits on the board of Partnership to End Addiction.  Prior to joining Google, Adam was an attorney at Cooley LLP in Washington, D.C.  He graduated from Columbia College (’96) and Columbia School of Law (’99), and clerked for the late Hon. Alexander Harvey, II in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Dmitry Bam is the Vice Dean/Provost at the University of Maine School of Law. He writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, professional responsibility, employment law, and the judiciary. He is recognized as a scholar and commentator on judicial ethics, judicial selection, and constitutional interpretation. Professor Bam served as interim dean of Maine Law from July 2019 to April 2020. Before that he served as the associate dean for academic affairs. From 2005 to 2009, Professor Bam practiced with the law firms of Morrison & Foerster and Jones Day. His practice focused on employment law, securities law, and appellate litigation. His extensive pro bono work has ranged from ensuring indigent civil litigants the right to counsel in Colorado to litigating cases involving discrimination claims and constitutional issues. From 2009 to 2011, Professor Bam served as a Research Fellow at the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession and taught at Stanford Law School. Professor Bam graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University and earned a law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School. He served as Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review and on the editorial board of the Stanford Technology and Law Review. He clerked with the Honorable Barry G. Silverman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Phoenix, Arizona.

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