The IETF has developed and operates by processes and policies to ensure its activities align with its goals and objectives. This page provides links to some of those that are most commonly referenced.
Internet Standards Process (BCP 9)
This set of documents describes the process used by the Internet community for the standardization of protocols and procedures. It defines the stages in the standardization process, the requirements for moving a document between stages and the types of documents used during this process.
Working Group processes (BCP 25)
This set of documents describes the guidelines and procedures for forming and operating IETF working groups, managing working group mailing lists, and managing and enforcing a anti-harassment procedures.
The IETF is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the personal information of our participants and of visitors to our website. This statement describes how information shared with and collected by the IETF will be used. It applies to the Internet Engineering Task Force ("IETF"), the Internet Architecture Board ("IAB") and the Internet Research Task Force ("IRTF").
The IETF strives to create and maintain an environment in which people of many different backgrounds are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. This policy documents the expectations about IETF participants’ behavior.
Code of Conduct (BCP 54)
This document provides a set of guidelines for personal interaction in the Internet Engineering Task Force. The guidelines recognize the diversity of IETF participants, emphasize the value of mutual respect, and stress the broad applicability of our work.
Copyright (BCP 78)
The IETF policies about rights in Contributions to IETF documents or activities are designed to ensure that such Contributions can be made available to the IETF and Internet communities while permitting the authors to retain as many rights as possible. This memo details the IETF policies on rights in Contributions to the IETF. It also describes the objectives that the policies are designed to meet.