Back in the 2000’s, the first nucleus of the SCS as a non-governmental organization (NGO) registered in the Islamic Republic of Iran, emerged with the coming together of a number of leading Iranian academics and professionals in the fields of computer science, information technology, international law, sociology, and public policy.
Soon, the SCS network grew and cooperation with activists in the areas of cyberspace-related human rights, gender rights, women’s affairs, and child rights were formed. Today, with a decade and half of vigorous engagement with the national, regional, and global stakeholders (public and private) of the cyberspace, the SCS enjoys a dynamic network of several thousand participants from the civil society at large. At the same time, the SCS has direct contacts with cyberspace leaders, regulators, and authorities in the West Asia and beyond.
In the case of cybercrimes, the SCS collectively – and its core members individually – have played active roles in a number of national and international endeavors. Among these:
- Advising work-groups of the Iranian parliament in several bills aimed at cyberspace felonies and criminal behaviors related to child abuse, juvenile delinquencies, victimization of minority groups, gender diversity, fraud and money laundering, (inter-)national security, technology transfer, economic development and integration, and good governance
- Organization of two scientific symposia that covered divers areas of cyberspace opportunities and threats, inter se, cyber warfare and terrorism in the Levant, cyber-attacks against nuclear facilities, and criminalization of certain online activities and information technology malpractices in Turkey
- ssisting with the sideline efforts of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization in the formation of “International Law in Cyberspace” regime.