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Running an IRC Network in 2019: Challenges and Opportunities - DareNET

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is one of the oldest kids on the block. Its user base has been in decline . The Internet has become increasingly centralized and web-centric; “relevant” chat platforms these days are Discord and Slack. So why should we, in 2019, still bother with a chat network running a protocol created back in the late 80s, early 90s ? We have found answers of our own to that: