Staff of IRC network freenode have resigned in protest of a “hostile corporate takeover” by Andrew
rasengan Lee, founder of VPN provider Private Internet Access. This is according to Christian (also known as
Fuchs), one of the members of freenode staff who stepped down. Years ago, former head of staff christel sold Freenode Limited to Lee in order to organize Freenode Live events. The volunteer staff were assured that this wouldn’t wrest control of the network away from them.
However recently, Andrew Lee has been reportedly using legal tactics against the staff in order to take over control of freenode and replace them with his own appointments; this includes data of all freenode users. To prevent him from gaining their administrative access and data, the staff have all resigned. Lee meanwhile has said that the staff had harassed christel into leaving her position and that they had not allowed for a proper transition period to a new head of staff, among other accusations.
The former freenode staff have now set up a new IRC network:
More details can be found in the links below:
Fuchs’ resignation letter
amdj Jones’ resignation
edk0 Kellett’s resignation
emilsp Piņķis’ resignation
Md d’Itri’s resignation
niko's resignation (French)
rasengan Lee’s letter to freenode