ITTC Contacts

Jonathan Peters
Jonathan Peters
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

ITTC Lab Affiliation(s)
Contact Info
Primary Office: 203A Stauffer-Flint Hall
KU School of Journalism
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515
Phone: (785)864-0611
Fax: (785)864-5318

Secondary Office: 255 Nichols Hall
2335 Irving Hill Rd.
ITTC - Univ of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-7612
Phone: (785)864-7683
Fax: (785)864-0387

Email Address:

Jonathan Peters is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, where he specializes in First Amendment and media studies, with an affiliate research position exploring big data and Internet governance in the ITTC. An attorney and the press freedom correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review, Peters has blogged about free expression for the Harvard Law & Policy Review, and he has written on legal issues for The Atlantic, Slate, The Nation, Wired, and PBS.

In his research, Peters uses a global legal-historical lens to examine issues at the intersection of new media and the law-from the balance of national security and free expression in the era of megaleaks, to the definition of a journalist in the digital age, to the privacy protections available to journalists who store data in the cloud. His current research explores the idea that private Internet companies are writing a significant chapter in the story of free expression by setting and enforcing their own content rules and community guidelines.

Peters is the First Amendment chair of the American Bar Association's Civil Rights Litigation Committee, the chair of the Ohio State Bar Association's Media Law Committee, and a member of the ACLU of Ohio's Board of Directors. He practices law during his time off campus as a volunteer attorney for the Online Media Legal Network at Harvard's Berkman Center, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Student Press Law Center, and the ACLU. And, most importantly, Peters has a puppy named Brooks, who is the greatest puppy ever.


Ph.D., Journalism, University of Missouri
J.D., Ohio State University
B.S., Journalism, Ohio University


Infomania, Internet Freedom, Media Law, Media Ethics, International Free Expression, Principles of American Journalism, Public Affairs Reporting, Feature Writing, News Writing.

Research Interests:

Media law and policy
Technology and law
Philosophy of journalism
Journalism history

Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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