New communication tools

In these difficult COVID-​19 times, it can be hard to stay in touch with your fellow network operators. To help you, we’re hosting some communication tools that NOGs are free to use.

Team chat

Mattermost is a service that works like the commercial Slack service, but is open source. On request we can set up a separate Team space for each NOG where its members can meet. All free of charge of course, like all the other services we offer. Just go to chat​.nog​.community, create your account and join the GNA team.

Social media

Mastodon is a social media service very similar to Twitter, but open source and not controlled by any central corporation. Instead there are many Mastodon servers where users can create their account. All these servers co-​operate so you can follow any user on any server, and you can even move your account to another server if you wish. You can create an account on our @nog.community server now!

Video calls

Jitsi is a video conferencing system like Zoom, but completely open source. It doesn’t have many fancy features like the commercial video conferencing systems have, but basic things like password-​protecting a meeting room, sharing your screen and muting participants are available. It is a really useful way to set up a quick meeting. Just go to jitsi​.nog​.community to create a meeting room.

Team chat

Mattermost is a service that works like the commercial Slack service, but is open source. On request we can set up a separate Team space for each NOG where its members can meet. All free of charge of course, like all the other services we offer. Just go to chat​.nog​.community, create your account and join the GNA team.

Social media

Mastodon is a social media service very similar to Twitter, but open source and not controlled by any central corporation. Instead there are many Mastodon servers where users can create their account. All these servers co-​operate so you can follow any user on any server, and you can even move your account to another server if you wish. You can create an account on our @nog.community server now!

Video calls

Jitsi is a video conferencing system like Zoom, but completely open source. It doesn’t have many fancy features like the commercial video conferencing systems have, but basic things like password-​protecting a meeting room, sharing your screen and muting participants are available. It is a really useful way to set up a quick meeting. Just go to jitsi​.nog​.community to create a meeting room.

Your privacy and security

We host our own instances of these services on our server cluster in The Netherlands. We make sure we comply with GDPR, and our services are privacy friendly. Backups are made daily and stored encrypted off-​site. Only GNA system administrators have access to the servers.

The Global NOG Alliance exists to help NOGs reach their full potential. We are starting by offering free tools to NOGs in need, from website & mailing list hosting to storage and event organising.

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