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Node #1: Almost real-time (updated every 5 minutes for #techrights only and alternatively available over Gemini)

Over Gemini:

Node #2: All channels, updated every 5 minutes

The above can be accessed and updated easily from the command line.

Self-hosted Network (More Private)

The main channel is #techrights at, port 6667 without SSL support and port 6697 for SSL (there are other channels such as #techbytes #boycottnovell and #boycottnovell-social). Ensure JavaScript is enabled to use the embedded facility above. To use your own IRC client, join channel #techrights in our self-hosted network.

Another option (if the above does not work) is Mibbit, but there may be privacy risks.

Freenode (for Legacy Purposes Only)

We used to be based in Freenode between 2008 and 2021. Following ownership changes we cannot recommend Freenode anymore. It does not allow anonymous access. If you still wish to use Freenode instead of our self-hosted network, details are withheld as it’s not an official channel. The same is true for Libera Chat. There may be some users online. But you will not find anyone active there.

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