Projektstatus: Idea Release In use


ExoDAO wants to decentralize web search towards more privacy, less censorship and better energy efficiency compared to big tech.

#Round 3 

What is the problem you intend to solve?

Current internet search is dominated by Big Tech with their opaque ranking algorithms and advertisement based economic models. Search is about selling ads and collecting personal data and not finding and exploring information. This defines and shapes the narrative of who can see what as well as what remains invisible. The result: reinforced filter bubbles, polarization and a surveillance race.

Why do you think it needs to be solved?

We think that free access and pluralism of information als well as inclusion and privacy are prerequisites for an open democratic society.  This is not possible with the current search paradigms.

How will you solve it?

By rethinking search. Instead of a linear list of top hits we see the process of Internet  search as a recursive exploration and propose a new multi-modal model for search: re:search. Instead of a one size fits all query model we offer a multitude, including for power users an expressive predicate logic based language. Rather than deploying secret and opaque rankings we offer a user selectable range of open  algorithms that are 100% open source, transparent, and community driven. Instead of costly and energy hungry data centers we also have an alternative model for computation based on decentralization and user participation. This frees search from its dependency upon advertising and allows it to focus on what matters: information discovery. To make this all happen and scale we also propose a democratic organization structure: the DAO.


  • Ole Müller
  • Yoel Zimmermann
  • Edward Zimmermann

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