Instant Messaging and Chat
Instant messaging and chat rooms are increasingly used all over the world, but the most widespread services are commercial and do not offer any privacy measure.
The IRC network and Jabber service provided by A/I allow instead a free chatting time and at the same time a better level of anonymity protection.
Irc - Chat service
A/I offers its users the possibility to chat via IRC (Internet Relay Chat), a widespread chat system.
IRC is fairly easy to use and a lot of people get wound up in it very fast: that’s why it’s one of the most widespread tools of electronic communication (more than e-mail by now).
The IRC network we offer is called mufhd0 and is administered by A/I, ECN and indivia projects together. You can access the network from each one of these project nodes via an IRC client as X-Chat, or Irssi (Linux command line).
Among these tools, we strongly encourage X-Chat, since it allows for encrypted connections via SSL and also allows to connect to IRC via Tor.
To know how to configure a IRC client and what channels are available on our network, for more info on various IRC commands and services, check out our howtos.
Jabber - instant messaging
Jabber (also known as XMPP) is a faster communication system for people connected to the Internet. It’s very similar both to chat and instant messaging (like MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo IM, and so on), but it’s actually much more flexible.
Furthermore Jabber natively supports SSL connections and in some cases it can be configured to manage communication through cryptographic keys administered directly by users (GPG or OTR for example). We suggest Pidgin and its OTR plugin as a client for this kind of usage.
Every A/I user with a mailbox account has automatically a Jabber account with the same username email@example.com as its main email address.
The best way to chat via Jabber is to install a client in your system and then configure it so as to encrypt your conversations with OTR.