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Definition: Jarkko Oikarinen is the programmer who put together the Internet Relay Chat protocol. IRC, which was created in 1988, became a popular means of communication during the Persian Gulf War. It's based on a server/client system and is hugely popular. The top three networks have hundreds of thousands of clients connecting to them daily.

Also Known As: "Irk", though the creator prefers it to be pronounced as "eye-are-see".

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