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Latin American research is in Google and Microsoft servers. That is a problem

With the pandemic, education institutions moved online en masse and started using ostensibly free systems provided by big tech companies. But not enough questions are being asked about data protection

Latin American research is in Google and Microsoft servers. That is a problem
Girl uses the Google Classroom app. Photo: Daria Nipot/Shutterstock

Almost every year, the Brazilian Education Ministry’s website goes offline during the Enem — Brazil’s National University Entrance Exam, used as the first stage of the selection process for local public universities, as well as by institutions abroad. That happens as the website reaches peaks of up to 7,000 hits per minute, which overloads the system and makes it unstable.

The federal government’s solution to this was to migrate the subscription structure to a cloud computing system provided by Microsoft. In 2020, the first year with the new strategy, the Education Ministry’s website broke the record of 1.5 million accesses...

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