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, through web interfaces set up by A/I, ECN and
indivia (which also
offers an encrypted chat),
or via an IRC client as X-Chat, Gaim (for Linux
and Windows), xchataqua (for Mac
OS X), 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 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 is't 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
We suggest Pidgin and its OTR plugin as a client for this kind of usage.
Starting from January 2006, each of our mailbox accounts has automatically a jabber account with the same username email@example.com
To learn how to configure a jabber client, to information on commands and usage, as well as jabber services, please refer to our jabber manuals
We also setup a web applet to use Jabber without any client.
You can find it in the right bottom corner of our webmail interface where you will be able to chat with your friends over https (SSL).
If you need to use more thouroughly Jabber and do not have a client at hand, we setup a full new Jabber web interface where you will be able to add new contacts, open chatrooms, and so on.
Privacy warning: on our web interface it won't be possible to start OTR communications!