We will start by mentioning the project's Antitrust Policy, which you can find linked from the LF and project websites. The policy is important where multiple companies, including potential industry competitors, are participating in meetings. Please review and if you have any questions, please contact your company's legal counsel. Members of the LF may contact Andrew Updegrove at the firm Gesmer Updegrove LLP, which provides legal counsel to the LF.
LFN actively working on a new solution based on Matrix (opensource Slack alternatives), especially for contributors in China or behind corporate firewalls who could not access all IRC services. Bridging to IRC channels is planned to be tested in August. Matrix is designed to link Chat platforms.
All active ODL $projects INFO.yaml files require the IRC servers to be updated.