What is this?
This is a Web based interface to IRC (Internet Relay Chat), to be used for real-time discussion between IGF participants. Although the IGF Secretariat usually provides an alternative chat system, this is not available between meetings.
How do I use it?
Just type a nickname and click "Login". But for a much better experience, consider downloading an IRC program for your computer, such as mIRC for Windows, Colloquy for Mac OS X and XChat for Linux (many others are available). Then simply connect that program to the #igf-room6 channel on the chat.freenode.org network.
NEW! - You can now also connect using Jabber (for example iChat, Google Chat, Adium, Trillian and others). Simply join the group chat #firstname.lastname@example.org. Having problems? Try connecting with a different nickname.
Can I create my own #igf-* channel?
Sure. The Freenode administrators have recognised the IGF community as the administrators of any channel that begins with #igf- which includes the main #igf channel for discussion in English, as well as channels for each workshop and each other official UN language.
By default, discussion is unmoderated, but those wishing to host moderated chat sessions and/or create their own private channels are welcome to contact the administrators for more details of how to do so.