Volume 13, No 1, 2016

Roles of information systems in socio-legal context

Xingan Li


Contemporary conception of information has been studied for decades. Starting from legal viewpoint, purpose of this article is to provide methodological understanding of the conception and classification of information in the domain of law, and the challenge it poses to the traditional legal system. In this article, information is classified into five categories according to the value it has and by whom it is held: information with positive value, value-neutral information, valueless information, information with negative value, and information with disputable value in different communities. The article analyzes the legal gaps accompanied by the proliferation of information systems, i.e., the lag of a legal notion, the legislative gap, and the jurisdictional gap. There has not been adequate preparedness to respond to cybercrime. The process of recognition and acceptance requires much time. The imperative requirement is for people to be well informed about the loopholes the legal system has and how they can be altered.

Pages: 1-17

Keywords: Information; Information systems; Law; Social order; Social control; Cyberspace; Cybersecurity; Cybercrime

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