Sociological Impact of Cyber Laws on Media: Virtue Community and Controversies

Sayid Muhammad Rifki Noval


This study aims to delve into the sociological dimensions and repercussions of cyber law on cyber-based mass media and social media freedoms in Indonesia while shedding light on questionable aspects of the country’s cyber laws. Employing qualitative research methods encompassing theoretical and investigative perspectives, the study combines normative juridical research with a legal, sociological approach and an observational survey approach. Data collection involved an examination of legal materials on information technology alongside interviews with cyber-policymaking bodies, stakeholders, cyber-media houses, journalists, bloggers, and social media influencers. The collected data were scrutinized through descriptive analysis to clarify the sociological and legal impacts of Indonesia’s cyber law on media and social media. The findings reveal that implementing cyber law in Indonesia carries substantial sociological implications for both the media and society. It highlights questionable aspects of the existing cyber laws, as they pose challenges to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding social and media freedoms in the country. The insights derived from this study hold relevance for research endeavors focusing on the sociological aspects of cyber law in developing countries. This study contributes to a deeper understanding of the evolving digital landscape and emphasizes the need to address pertinent issues while balancing legal regulations and societal freedoms.


Doi: 10.28991/HIJ-2024-05-01-04

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Sociological Implications; Cyber Law; Media Freedoms; Cyber-media; Developing Countries.


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