In 2010, while the US Government and the State Department were insisting on free access of Internet for contact between people, linkedin based on wrong interpretation of Sanction law, like US professional organizations before, removed the list of Iranian scools from its site, so that Iranian professionals could not use it to show their affiliation. We protested and threatened with mass action if Linkedin does not reverse its policy. Consequently they changed their policy.

Announcement

I am pleased to inform you that since this morning, February 7th, 2010, it is possible to access Linkedin Website http://www.linkedin.com directly from Iran without using proxy software. Linkedin has not yet added Iran to the list of countries for selecting schools, but I hope this will be done soon as well.

Special thanks to those who wrote to Linkedin in support of this effort.

Regards,

Fredun Hojabri

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 To: Linkedin Customer Support

Dear Zach:

It was brought to our attention that Linkedin has removed the Iranian schools from its list of educational systems.

As a member of Linkedin I cannot believe that your company, as the most effective online networking tool, is taking this action while President Obama is asking the Iranian Government to end censoring the Internet, and the US State Department is urging the ending of restrictions on accessing the Internet for Iranians.

There are thousands of Iranian Americans in the US that have been educated or have worked in Iran and naturally need to add such information to their Linkedin profile.

I am afraid that If your policy is not reversed soon, we will have to start a worldwide campaign against this unjustified censorship and restriction of Internet by Linkedin. We look forward to your understanding and cooperation.

Regards,

Fredun Hojabri

Former professor and Academic Vice-president of Sharif University of Technology.
Past President of Sharif University of Technology Association (SUTA).

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From: LinkedIn Customer Service
[mailto:linkedin_support@cs.linkedin.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2010 11:37 AM
[Ticket: 100118-003122]

Iran has been temporarily removed from the drop-down list of
countries
within the education section due to some recent changes to the
site. However,
we are working to resolve the issue and hope to have Iran added
again soon.

If you have further questions, please feel free to reply to this
message.
Zach
LinkedIn Customer Support