Mynij is an experimental personal search engine implemented as a progressive web application. The goal of this experiment was to identify possible applications of a personal search engine as a replacement or complement to a web search engine such as Google.
You can try an alpha release on www.mynij.com (does not work with iOS or Safari).
You will have to first add a source to its index (ex. https://softinst140630.host.vifib.net/www.nexedi.com.xml) and follow instructions on the previous blog entry "Mynij Milestone 3: PWA Application Release".
For now, Mynij can handle multiple indices of about 100,000 entries each, directly inside a Web browser. It can also work offline. We believe that 1,000,000 entries per index is reachable within the next five years. However, we doubt that 100,000,000 entries will ever be reached in the next 10 years.
After playing with Mynij for some time, we could identify some potential use cases:
In general, Mynij offers an opportunity to complement Google (or Baidu) where Google (or Baidu) is weak.
Internet censorship inside China is a well-known fact.
Internet censorship in western countries has become visible recently. Multiple events of content censorship have happened in 2020 on all major cloud platforms in the USA. In Europe, censorship of so-called "fake news" (which are not always fake) demonstrate that we are now facing a risk of groundless government censorship.
If one wants to understand the social process behind censorship in Europe, please read this article on Olivier Duhamel or watch this video of Karl Zero. For nearly 20 years, this information has been called "fake news" or "conspiracy" and banned from mainstream media.
Even though the freedom of expression enjoyed in western countries can not be compared to Internet censorship in China, we can no longer fully trust public search engines. There is a small risk nowadays that some searches in Google on certain topics will lead to no result.
Some people view censorship as mandatory to preserve democracies in the west (or public order in China). Others view it as necessary to fight against hate speech. Yet, censorship based on "hate speech" can be weaponized to censor true information based on groundless notifications on the Youtube platform.
There is always a risk that censorship prevents access to relevant information.
This is why Mynij could also be used as a tool to circumvent new forms of search engine censorship.