About monocles

monocles is a project founded to move to a more secure, ecofriendly, privacy respecting, fair and open source technical and digital life for everyone. monocles search is the most privacy-respecting, secure and ethical public search engine due to a open source meta-search engine combined with open source peer-to-peer search engines, aggregating the results of other search engines while not storing information about its users and directly powered with renewable energy.
But that's just one little function you can use. We try to offer a complete independency from big companies while protection your data and communications with decentralized and open source services and applications.

monocles is not a closed platform like many others. It is your secure access to an independent worldwide network.

Read more and become a member or support the project

how to use your account?


Use more secure online solutions

Communicate and use the internet really privately and ecoconsciously. With just one monocles account you can use all these different open source online services and (web-)applications. There's more to come.
use the world's most privacy-respecting, secure and ethical public search engine based on a highly modified meta-search engine combined with two peer-to-peer search engines. No one will ever know what you search nor show you ads. Protect your privacy and never become tracked again.
get access to our cloud and collaborative productivity platform. Synchronize your calender, contacts, notes or data and use it everywhere in a browser or end-to-end encrypted with apps on your devices.

use monocles e-mail. One of the most secure and the most ethical public e-mail server, to exchange your electronic letters with high security standards on a encrypted mail server with additionally end-to-end encrypted mail storage.

use the most ethical chat, based on a secure, privacy focused and open international standard to quickly exchange with your family, friends and business contacts from any device with end-to-end encrypted messages. You can even make end-to-end encrypted audio/video calls if needed!

though videoconferencing consumes a lot of ressources during the current situation you can use monocles videoconference to virtually meet your family, friends or colleagues through encrypted connections.

get access to a privacy friendly and fair social network with millions of users through the platform mastodon. Just register with your monocles mail.
use monocles privacy focused, secure, free and open source android apps optimized for the use with your monocles account.

NEW: Subscribe or pre-order to get a cheap privacy focused mobile phone preinstalled with the monocles applications and several security and privacy setups. Or send us your android based smartphone (*) to convert it to a more privacy and security respecting mobile phone.

For companies, institutions and groups

We're offering solutions for ethical companies and groups too! Do you have an ecoconcious or ethical company and want to show your employers and customers you're taking care about the environment, security and privacy?
Just get in touch with us (PGP) or just present you're company or institution on monocles.social!

Compliance and security tests

Assure yourself or others that we are really doing our best to protect your data and privacy by checking the security and functions of monocles or other services

If you ever find a weakness please contact us (PGP) quickly and we'll immediately correct any issues.
Thanks in advance

How we try to protect the environment


We are running our own servers!

The monocles main servers are powered by our own solar plant. Shorter power connections save a lot of energy. Only when really needed do we use renewable energy from external energy providers to ensure constant availability

We also try to employ used parts as much as possible or even recycle old things to build up and upgrade the solar system and the server station with respect to the security of your data and stability of the connection. Recycling and reusing things as much as possible is the best we can do to minimize the damages towards the environments.

Help us saving the planet and ecosystem.

A monocles account

...includes all you need to communicate and work securely and ecofriendly without being tracked. So here is a simple and short summary of what you can get with a normal account.


Access to monocles ocean with plenty of additional functions and with at least 4 GB of storage for your documents and data. Optionally, more storage can be available.


A monocles e-mail account with 1 GB storage and a webclient to directly use it in ocean.
For sure you can generate pgp keys or use your own keys!


A monocles chat account with temporary storage for 2 month and access to a worldwide network. Accessible through our android app, through monocles interact or with many other xmpp clients on many platforms.

Video conference

With your monocles account you can make secure conferences through monocles ocean. Even public with everyone.

social network

Access to a privacy friendly and fair social network with millions of users through the platform mastodon. Just register with your monocles mail.

Web search

Though the monocles web search is free to use for everyone it is mentionable here nevertheless because you get the privacy respecting monocles webbrowser for android too!
sign up!


We need your help too

monocles is completely privately funded and therefore unabated by companies or organizations. To pay our bills and keep our services available and protect the ecosystem and your digital life we also need your help. We think it is much more important to take care of your privacy, security and the ecosystem than wasting money on entertainment or an unhealty meal. Invest your money more ethically and use open source services and applications.

Please donate a litte to support this project or get a payed monocles account. Go open source!

donate / pay
Please pick one of the donation or payment methods
If you already signed up and didn't pay please send us the payment for at least 6 month for the full account (=24€) or for the starter account also for 6 month (=9€) together with your new monocles e-mail address in the reference. Without this reference we can't relate it and must handle it as donation.
If you can't afford a monocles account but you are really in need for our privacy respecting services just send us an e-mail and we hope we can help you! But please remember monocles still needs some money too to survive.


monocles c/o
Arne-Brün Vogelsang
IBAN: BE21 9671 7181 0103



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monocles c/o
Arne-Brün Vogelsang
Oberneulander Landstraße 172
28355 Bremen

USt-IdNr.: 60 277 17673 (Germany)
VAT ID no.: DE338256822 (International)