[council] Regarding tools to support conference calls etc

Steve Conte steve.conte at icann.org
Thu Jan 3 23:31:30 UTC 2008

Hi Bruce, Avri and all,

I don't foresee a problem with people using our jabber server but  
before I do a blanket offer, let me run it through the system and make  
sure there's no issues from management or IT.  If there are no issues,  
I'll be happy to set up users for those that need it and create a  
persistent chat room for the GNSO as well.

Happy New Year to you all,


On Jan 3, 2008, at 3:21 PM, Bruce Tonkin wrote:

> Hello Avri,
>> I think this is a great idea.  And these days a lot of IM tools also
>> support jabber.  I know, however, that some companies are
>> stict about
>> what they let people do on comapny laptops and from with the VPN.
>> Does everyone support Jabber?
>> Also does ICANN have its own jabber server or are they using an
>> external one?
> Yes - ICANN does run a Jabber server.
> jabber.icann.org
> I would assume that ICANN could also set up Jabber ID's on the server
> for those that don't have their own Jabber IDs.
> There are lots of clients available for different operating systems.
> E.g see:
> http://www.jabber.org/software/clients.shtml
> For more information about Jabber see:
> http://www.jabber.org/about/overview.shtml
> With respect to firewalls:
> "If your firewall administrators will allow outgoing connections to  
> port
> 5222 (5223 for SSL), you can use Jabber without any worries. If not,
> some Jabber clients support the ability to talk through at least  
> certain
> kinds of proxy servers (most often SOCKS servers). In addition, some
> Jabber developers are working on an http service that will enable  
> you to
> use Jabber over the web, but it is still alpha code."
> I know Jabber works within my corporate network through firewalls,  
> VPNs
> etc - the Board members work for a diverse range of organisations -  
> and
> most seem to have access - no guarantees of course.   The protocols  
> used
> are  Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), an open XML
> communications technology developed by the Jabber open-source  
> community
> in 1999, formalized by the IETF in 2002-2004, and continuously  
> extended
> through the standards process of the XMPP Standards Foundation.
> Regards,
> Bruce Tonkin

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