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Legal Awareness in a Digital Society

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Our perception of reality depends on multiple factors, including the language of communication and the culture adopted by civil society. With the development of digital technologies, the methods for transferring information, traditions and cultural code between participants in public relations have undergone drastic changes. The emergence of the “digital layer” between the human consciousness and the outside world has resulted in a shift in our perception of the world since we now view it through the prism of the digital space. The use of artificial intelligence and global cloud data in the daily life of society requires special consideration. Our interaction with cyberphysical systems has dramatically affected our perception of immediate reality. The synthesis of human cognition and artificial intelligence is leading to an amalgamation of material and cyberphysical spaces, as a result of which objects of the digital world acquire material value, whereas material objects (works of art, music, books, etc.) get transformed into a digital code. This article examines societal trends in the development of digital technologies at the fourth stage of the industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). Here, we review the possible interpretations of the concept of “digital relations” and characterize the participants in such relations. Furthermore, we analyze the factors affecting the legal awareness of an individual and identify the essential characteristics of cognition in a digital society. We also consider the challenges currently facing the State and evaluate the prospects for the development and regulation of digital relations.

About the Authors

Vasiliy Laptev
Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL)
Russian Federation

Assistant Professor, Department of Entrepreneurial and Corporate Law

9 Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya St., Moscow, 125993

Vladimir Fedin
Russian State University of Justice
Russian Federation

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Process Law

2/1 Azovskaya St., Moscow, 117638


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For citation:

Laptev V., Fedin V. Legal Awareness in a Digital Society. Russian Law Journal. 2020;8(1):138-157.

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ISSN 2309-8678 (Print)
ISSN 2312-3605 (Online)