Information Technology Committee

The AILG IT Committee collaborates with MIT’s IS&T (Information Systems and Technology) department on a variety of technical projects for the FSILG community, including the following:

  • Providing fiber optic Internet connections to FSILG houses.
  • Providing wireless networks within FSILG houses.
  • Coordinating infrastructure updates and support with MIT’s IS&T department.
  • Maintaining the platforms for the AILG web site (ailg.mit.edu)
  • Maintaining the Mailman platform for the AILG mailing lists.
  • Providing optional VOIP telephony to FSILG houses.

We always welcome new volunteers. If you are interested or have any questions, please email the Committee at ailg-it@mit.edu. Recent graduates and current undergraduates are especially encouraged to attend. Please contact either of the committee co-chairs, Bob Xavier '87 at bobxavier@alum.mit.edu, or Bob Ferrara '67 at bobferrara@alum.mit.edu if you wish to join and/or attend.

Our remaining 2021 meetings are scheduled for 3PM on the following Thursdays -  October 21, and December 9. All meetings are on Zoom.

Minutes

Here are the minutes of recent meetings:

May 20, 2021 March 18, 2021 November 19, 2020
September 23, 2020 July 16, 2020 April 21, 2020
February 6, 2020 December 19, 2019 November 21, 2019
October 24, 2019 September 12, 2019 June 13, 2019

FSILG Network Information

If you have reached this page because you are seeking help with your FSILG network, please refer to the IS&T Knowledge Base.

Starting on July 1, 2021 all FSILGs with alumni-operated houses (most FSILGs!) will need to sign a slightly updated version 5.0 of the Network Management Program Agreement specifying the division of responsibilities between IS&T and the FSILG. To help FSILGs estimate future network expenss, the AILG IT Committee created this Estimated Expenses Spreadsheet

It is important that our members understand that their active cooperation is required a few times a year for IS&T visits to their residences. In the unlikely event that an FSILG cannot respond, the AILG Board approved this escalation procedure, along with this typical escalation notice letter. Our AILG Committee hopes never to send one of these; cooperation to date has in fact been excellent.  

Also, FSILGs with alumni-operated houses are required to designate at least one current undergraduate member as their Network Contact. The Network Contact serves as liaison with MIT IS&T for troubleshooting network problems and provides access to network equipment when needed. As of March 2016, Network Contacts are designated using the FCI Contact List, which is accessed at fsilg.coop. If no one is designated as a Network Contact, the default person for this role is the undergraduate house manager.

In 2014, DSL and IS&T adopted a set of principles for providing network service to all residential buildings. In 2019, the principles were updated and can be found here.

The history of the AILG  Information Technology Committee is described here.