The National Information
Technology Center (NITC) was established in 2003 in accordance with the
temporary law no. 81 for 2003 entitled “Deployment of Information Technology Resources
in Government Organization”. Clauses number 6 and 19 stipulated the establishment
of a "National Information Technology Center" as a legal successor to the
“National Information Center”, which was established in 1992. NITC - as an
independent government institute - is managed by a Board of Directors chaired by
the Minister of Information and Communication Technology. The Board of Directors
draws NITC’s general policies and approves its plans and programs. NITC plays the
role of the CIO of the government of Jordan in all matters including the procurement,
deployment, utilization, standardization, and budgeting of IT resources including
the hardware, software, human, information, and process resources.
Part of NITC’s operations
is the administration of the registry and registrar for domain names under .jo –
both at the first level and second level. NITC was granted the registration privilege
after a thorough registration and delegation process with the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN);
the Internet Names and Numbers policy development body.
NITC aims at efficiently providing
DNS services to those interested in publishing their online identity under .jo by
following international widely-used standards and
best practices. NITC also maintains a solid
operating environment that secures registrants rights, and follows a transparent
policy in publishing the data of registered domain names.
While NITC’s domain name
registration policy under .jo complies with the international standards
and best practices, modifications have been made to accommodate the Jordanian laws
and social norms.
In April 2011, a dedicated
office was established to manage Jordanian domain names. The office is customer
oriented and customer driven, and always places providing registrants with the best
possible services as their number one priority. The office is a member of several
Internet related organizations – policy development, technical, and governance –
such as the Country Code Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO), Asia Pacific Top-Level Domain Name Association
(APTLD), Arabic Domain
Name and Internet Governance Team (ADNIGT), Arabic Script IDN Working Group (ASIWG), Arab Internet
Governance Forum (AIGF),
Internet Society (ISOC)… amongst others.