You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a digest of the most important news on technology and innovation in Brazil. This week’s topics: Cloud computing in Brazil. The government’s strategy to avoid cyberattacks. Why Portugal wants Brazilian IT professionals. The Brazil Game Show. And why WhatsApp calls are so bad in the country.


Google gambling on Brazil’s fast-developing cloud scenario

The Brazilian Report attended an event organized by Google

for 3,000 IT professionals in São Paulo to discuss cloud computing. The day included lectures on cloud-computing tools developed by the company, as well as demonstrations by developers. More than a marketing op, the event is part of a wider strategy by the Silicon Valley giant to grow what is already one of its most promising markets.</p> <p><a href="https://brazilian.report/money/2019/07/12/cloud-computing-investments-brazil/">Cloud computing</a> has become a priority for Google, which invested USD 47 billion in such technologies over the past three years, in order to tap into a market currently dominated by Amazon. And though the company hasn&#8217;t disclosed any regional breakthroughs, Brazil is a key market in the continent, as shown by the opening of Google&#8217;s first cloud region in Latin America in September 2017. Investments are set to continue flowing, as the company wants to increase its cloud-related workforce by three times in Latin America by the end of 2020—in an attempt to offer more empathetic customer service.</p> <p>Google Cloud&#8217;s Brazil director, João Bolonha, explains that despite the department’s 300-percent growth in Brazil last year, roughly 80 percent of the local market is yet to be explored. “Brazil is considered to be one of the fastest-growing markets for cloud computing outside of the U.S. It’s already Latin America’s biggest market for Google Cloud, and it will probably show the fastest growth rate this year, as customers keep adding services.”</p> <p>Of course, Google isn’t the only one to surf the digital transformation wave. Amazon is the global cloud leader through its AWS division and has increasingly expanded its footprint in Brazil as well. As competition picks up, Google is gambling on fostering the market and creating opportunities by strengthening the local developers&#8217; ecosystem.</p> <p>“We see the developers as key to creating value through the public cloud. And there’s a part of this ecosystem that is very engaged, Brazil is privileged in this sense. So we’ll keep working on massive events such as this (Google Cloud Summit), as well as others that happen both virtually and physically because we understand that this is a structuring factor.”</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>President&#8217;s security office wants to force authorities to enhance cybersecurity</h2> <p>The president&#8217;s security office is drafting a bill to enhance cybersecurity procedures to be followed by Brazilian authorities—forcing them to adhere to stricter rules. The country&#8217;s frail cybersecurity framework has become evident since June, when news website <em>The Intercept</em> started leaking private messages exchanged between current Justice Minister Sergio Moro and members of Operation Car Wash—placing him at the center of a political crisis.</p> <p>According to the government&#8217;s Center for Treatment and Response to Cyber Incidents (CTIS), the number of &#8220;incidents&#8221; (read: cyberattacks) has jumped by over 50 percent since 2011. Just between January and September 2019, exactly 9,731 cases were recorded—including information leaks, fraud schemes, viruses, and system vulnerability attacks.</p> <div class="flourish-embed" data-src="visualisation/760420"></div><script src="https://public.flourish.studio/resources/embed.js"></script> <p>Despite this, no government authority undergoes mandatory training on cybersecurity. President Jair Bolsonaro himself is the first not to adhere to proper standards, as he still uses mobile devices that are <em>not </em>encrypted—as those provided by Brazil&#8217;s intelligence services don&#8217;t allow him to use apps such as WhatsApp Messenger or social media platforms.</p> <p>It is worth remembering that one of the government&#8217;s first political crises—which culminated in the firing of one of the president&#8217;s closest advisors—included leaked audio messages of the president distributing attacks on political allies and media conglomerates.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>How Portugal tries to lure Brazilian IT professionals</h2> <p>In recent years, Portugal has tried to establish itself as a tech hub in Europe. In 2016, the city of Lisbon managed to snatch the hosting of the Web Summit—considered to be the largest tech event in the world—away from Dublin. Now, Portugal is creating a special visa for innovation professionals.</p> <p>The so-called Tech Visa is much less bureaucratic and is fast-tracked, compared to regular visa processes. And the program is notably targeted at Brazilian IT professionals. While Portugal offers lower average salaries than other countries with similar special visas for IT professionals (such as Canada, Germany, or the Netherlands), the Portuguese government relies on factors such as cultural proximity to lure professionals.</p> <p>&#8220;Many of the world&#8217;s top developers are Brazilians. What makes Brazilians great coders is the fact that you need to be creative and social, because basically you are creating stuff that people are going to use and interact with. And Brazil is a society where people are extremely creative and resourceful,&#8221; says Mathieu Le Roux, founder of Le Wagon Brasil, a coding bootcamp for Brazilian students.</p> <p>Since the 2014–2016 recession, more people were forced to broaden their skillset, making coders much sought-after.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>The Brazil Game Show </h2> <p>São Paulo is currently hosting the Brazil Game Show, the largest videogame fair in Latin America, until October 13. The 12th edition of the event is set to have more than 300,000 visitors eager to see the news released by major players such as Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, as well as VIP guests. Besides gaming giants, over 400 companies from different segments will showcase their products. Audiences will get a chance to test new games such as Death Stranding and Final Fantasy VII. Another highlight is Nintendo&#8217;s remake of 1993 classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.&nbsp;</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>Brazil still halfway to good-quality WhatsApp calls </h2> <p>A report published by OpenSignal, an independent mobile analytics company, shows that Brazil has a long way to go to ensure high-quality calls on messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.</p> <p>Brazil scored 77 out of 100 on quality levels, falling behind countries such as Myanmar or Belarus. Still, the ranking remained within the range considered as &#8220;acceptable&#8221; by OpenSignal. When looking at different networks, calls made on 4G technology fared way better than those on 3G (79.9 v. 70.9), but still just below the “good” threshold—which starts at 80 points.</p> <p>The acceptable level of quality means users are satisfied, but there are still some glitches, such as “short duration of clicking sounds or distortion&#8221; and volume which &#8220;may not be sufficiently loud.” However, the listener is generally able to comprehend without the need for repetition.</p> <p><a href="https://www.opensignal.com/sites/opensignal-com/files/data/reports/pdf-only/data-2019-10/voice_app_experience_october_2019_opensignal.pdf">You can access the full report here</a>.

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BY Natália Tomé Scalzaretto

Natália Scalzaretto has worked for companies such as Santander Brasil and Reuters, where she covered news ranging from commodities to technology. Most recently, worked as an Editor for Trading News, the information division from TradersClub investor community.

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An award-winning journalist with experience covering Brazilian politics and international affairs. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets.