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What is a guardian?

A guardian is an individual responsible for running a fedimint server for a federation. By running their respective servers, guardians work together to secure federation resources and can help members recover assets.

The guardians support their community federations in several ways:

  • Onboarding – After running through a short online wizard to set up the federation, guardians invite the first members by sharing an onboarding link or QR code.
  • Custody – The fedimint servers generate a private key that can be backed up by the guardians to ensure the community’s resources are not lost if there is an issue.
  • Recovery – Guardians can help federation members who lose their keys to recover their assets on a platform like Fedi, which offers an innovative Social Recovery feature.
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