Law in a Digital Society: Code, Norms and Conceptions
Arguably, a core challenge within sociology of law lies in understanding relations and interdependencies between legal and social norms . Within a digital context, the Cybernorms research group has conducted a number of surveys on norms in a digital context, where the one receiving perhaps the most attention is the so called Research Bay survey, conducted via the infamous piracy site The Pirate Bay, collecting a total of over 310,000 respondents over three occasions. We have elsewhere shown how social norms emanating from a digital context may challenge legal norms and how this can lead to various and often unintended outcomes, such as online communities utilizing tools to become less traceable online as opposed to complying with law. We have both in connection to file sharing research as well as elsewhere shown how conceptions and metaphors of digital phenomena are of relevance for both social and legal norms as well as legal development . In brief, by drawing on a number of empirical studies we elaborate on what we find to be key challenges that law faces in a digital era.