More than 20 million people in Great Britain have received the first dose of one of the coronavirus vaccines. That represents about 30 percent of the population.
The British government made the announcement on Sunday.
On Twitter, Prime Minister Boris Johnson cited the achievement as testament to the tireless work of staff members at the National Health Service, volunteers and others involved in the country’s vaccination program.
The government’s goal is to allow everyone aged 18 years or older to receive their first dose by the end of July.
Officials have prioritized giving the initial dose to as many people as possible. Officials say people will get their second dose within a period of 12 weeks after the first.
In January, the country’s daily number of infections sometimes reached 60,000, due to the spread of a mutated form of the virus.
But that figure has fallen, mainly because of the tight restrictions imposed by the authorities. The British government plans to gradually reduce its anti-viral measures.
Welcome to this week’s gathering of Brazilian technology and innovation. Here is a selection of three major developments in Latin America’s largest economy: first, the main story from that week is: Brazilian startup Descomplica set a record, attracting new supporters such as Mark Zuckerberg and U2’s The Edge. Furthermore, the problems faced by Indian budget startups OYO, Latin America, and credit bureau Experian are facing pressure over a massive data leak in Brazil.
Descomplica draws Zuckerberg and The Edge in a new chapter
Brazilian startup focused on distance education It’s not that complicated announced a Series E round of 450 million reais (US $ 84 million), which was described as the largest Series E round ever produced by an edtech in Latin America.
This round is co-chaired by existing supporters Invus Chance together SoftBank. In addition, the startup attracted many new supporters, especially The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a social impact fund led by the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. Endeavor Ireland chairman and U2 guitarist David Howell Evans, also known as Edge, too, joined the round. Other new supporters included Valor Capital Group, Amadeus Capital Partners and Península Participações, Brazilian billionaire fund Abilio Diniz.
Descomplica started with booster classes for several subjects and courses to help prepare students for university exams and join the civil service, among other professional certifications. The startup will then venture into higher education in 2020. According to Marco Fisbhen, founder and chief executive officer at edtech, resources will be used to enhance the company’s higher education offering, as well as product development and acquisition.
“We want to build the largest university in Brazil, and quickly reach 1 million students through a fully digital model,” said Fisbhen, a former teacher and pioneer in educational technology in Brazil who launched Descomplica in 2011.
Among those who praised Fisbhen’s recent achievement for Descomplica were Adrian Garcia-Cute, president of the high-impact entrepreneurship network Try hard, who described the company as “soonicorn” – a firm rapidly heading for a valuation of more than US $ 1 billion – and noted that the round was also the largest-ever for an edtech entrepreneur Endeavor.
OYO is shrinking operations in Latin America
Like the unicorn of Indian hospitality OYO continuing to feel the negative impact on a sector fueled by the Covid-19 pandemic, they announced a restructuring process that would destroy its operations in Latin America in the coming weeks.
This once powerful company had ambitious national expansion plans underway in Brazil and at one point, employed more than 700 staff, many of whom were focused on registering and modernizing tired small hotels as partners, and plugging them into the reservation engine. AI powered online from OYO.
During 2020, OYO Latin America is seeking to react to the crisis. This includes the formation of a joint venture between OYO Global and its major investors SoftBank in September. The fund was then tasked with engaging with the operational aspects of business in Latin America.
With the latest changes, SoftBank is no longer involved with the company’s operations, which have shifted to OYO Global, a fully digital model where hotels and customers in Brazil will be supported from India.
The startup has also shed most of its downsized Latin operations with around 150 staff. Director general at OYO in Brazil, Henrique Weaver, will remain with the company until the end of February. His Mexican counterpart, Peralta Germany, leaving at the end of March.
Experian is facing pressure over a massive data leak
Following a massive data leak that has exposed more than 220 million Brazilians including the individual who died, the credit information firm Experian is under increasing pressure from local government and independent consumer rights agencies, as details regarding the event remain unclear.
The incident that occurred in January is considered the biggest data leak ever recorded in Brazil. This has revealed data offered for sale on the deep web, ranging from personal and company information and vehicle registration details, as well as data from Mosaic, Experian’s cross-channel consumer classification system. Apart from demands for answers from organizations like Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection (IDEC)Other agencies have escalated the heat of this problem over the past few days.
After the incident became known, the office of the São Paulo state consumer protection agency pros and cons was told Feels like Experian, a multinational subsidiary in Brazil. Among other things, Procon wanted confirmation of the incident, and to find out what Experian’s data protection practices were, and what actions were being taken to tackle the leak and compensate consumers.
In response to the notification, the consumer intelligence agency confirmed that its activities involving sensitive data comply with local data protection regulations, and that there is no evidence that the data has been obtained illegally from Serasa Experian, or that its systems have been compromised. . The company noted, however, that a “detailed forensic investigation” was ongoing.
Procon described the explanation as insufficient and felt it was “increasingly likely” that the leak came from a corporate environment rather than cyber criminals. The agency will then check the company’s response and the fine can be used as evidence of any errors found. Experian did not respond to a request for comment.
Welcome to this week’s Brazilian tech gathering. Here are three major developments in Latin America’s largest economy for the week ending February 13, 2021. First, the main story of the week is this: the government reacted when a new major leak emerged, exposing millions of consumers. We then turn to local software giant Totvs’ recent results and new data on Brazil’s burgeoning healthtech sector.
The government reacts to the new leak
Leaks of big data have become routine in Brazil, and the government is trying to deal with the situation. Like the latest big data leak that has exposed more than 102 million consumers found in Brazil, it was recently created National Data Protection Authority launched an investigation with the Federal Police and other actors involved. The incident, which was first reported by Brazilian news on Wednesday (10) website Neofeed, was discovered by a cybersecurity firm PSafe.
PSafe contacted cybercriminals from outside Brazil, who sold the leaked information on the inside web and claimed the information referred to customers of two of the main mobile operators, Of course and Vivo. PSafe said it could not find any evidence that the two companies had been affected by the leak, but confirmed the leaked information related to cell phone contracts – including details of president Jair Bolsonaro.
Neither Claro nor Vivo denied that their customer information had been leaked, but the company has been summoned by data protection authorities to cooperate in the investigation, along with PSafe. Cybersecurity firms also discovered what has been described as Brazil’s largest data leak ever recorded, which emerged in January.
The incident involved disclosing the personal details of more than 223 million consumers – including nationals who have died – ranging from taxpayer registration numbers and vehicle data to complete assessments produced by Mosaic, the household geodemographic classification system run by Taste, a Experian company.
On Monday (8), Experian has released a statement saying that “no positive or negative credit data was obtained illegally from Serasa” or that the system was compromised. On the other hand, the company said it was conducting a “detailed forensic investigation” following the leak.
Still at PSafe, the cybersecurity company has announced today (13) a merger with CyberLabs, a Brazilian artificial intelligence (AI) startup. The transaction is supported by a venture fund Redpoint events, an investor in both companies. The value of the deal, which was finalized in the second half of 2020, has not been disclosed.
The merger creates an AI and cybersecurity group of more than 150 engineers and researchers, with projected revenues of 100 million reais (US $ 18 million) for 2021. Going forward, the group’s strategy is to focus on AI-based enterprise products, particularly belongs to PSafe. dfndr company, a solution that helps businesses deal with data leaks through round-the-clock web monitoring, supports proactive predictive protection.
This week, one of the major players in Brazil’s tech sector has reason to cheer. Brazilian software company Totvs reported a 78.4% increase in net profit to 96.1 million reais (US $ 17.9 million) for the fourth quarter of 2020, with net income up 19% over the same period in 2019, equivalent to 689.4 million reais ( US $ 128.3 million).
The company, which has a customer base of around 40,000 companies across Brazil, has traditionally been the leader in the local small and medium enterprise (SME) market, a space that rivals that of the German giants. SAP has also become a focus in recent years.
In 2016, the company promoted a drastic change in its business model, with a focus on the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Although the shift resulted in slow growth in the following two years, companies are now reaping the rewards of the migration, as SaaS currently represents 65% of new business in the company, while subscriptions account for about 80% of the company’s technology business.
Totvs claims to currently have a 50% market share in the Brazilian corporate software space. However, the Brazilian company has expanded its offering beyond the space of corporate resource planning systems into segments such as financial technology solutions and Big Data.
The start of a busy year for healthtechs
Investments in the healthtech segment in Brazil are expected to hit US $ 200 million in more than 50 investment rounds by 2021, according to a new report released by an open innovation firm. District.
This year has kicked off with several important turns in the health-focused startup field, with more than US $ 52.3 million invested through 9 deals announced this year. This amount already corresponds to 49.3% of the total invested in 2020, when the sector raised more than US $ 106 million, said the report.
Highlights of 2021 so far include investing in telemedicine companies ViBe and mental health companies Zenklub, which raised US $ 9.8 million and US $ 8.4 million respectively in the Series A round. However, the biggest round of the year in this segment was announced this week by health care operators. Alice.
The $ 33.3 million Alice Round announced Thursday (11) has been described as the largest Series B round healthtech has ever seen in Brazil. The round was led by ThornTree Capital Partners, join Kaszek Ventures, Canary and Maya’s capital, which also supported the company in the flagship round and Series A, both of which increased throughout 2020. New supporters, such as Endeavor Catalyst, have also joined the last round. To date, US $ 47.8 million has been invested in the company.
Combining telemedicine and face-to-face services, Alice’s person-centered model proposes an alternative to traditional health care plans. Currently serving 1,100 customers – mostly women around 30 years old – the company has seen monthly growth of around 51% since launching amid the Covid-19 pandemic in June 2020. The startup aims to achieve fivefold growth of its customer base. in 2021.
In addition to telemedicine and nutrition services provided remotely by doctors, nurses and nutritionists via the app, via text, audio or video, Alice partners with hospitals and laboratories, where customers are referred, if needed.
Alice proposes to provide continuous care based on data and metrics, which builds on the customer’s health history stored in the app. Currently, the company provides services only in São Paulo, but plans to expand its presence to other cities in the medium term. In addition, Alice plans to enhance her own health and wellness offering through a partnership: the company currently has an alliance with a fitness app Freeletics and will expand the portfolio of current partners in the coming months.
Welcome to this week’s gathering of Brazilian technology and innovation. Here are my top three developments in Latin America’s largest economy that you should be aware of: first, the Ministry of Communications’ global educational tour on 5G, and the announcement of an initial strategy for the Brazilian data protection authority. Going forward, Brazil talks about the right to be forgotten, something that does not reassure the technology sector.
Brazil minister’s 5G tour begins
On Tuesday (2), the Minister of Communications of Brazil Fabio Faria embark on a global journey with the aim of learning more about the 5G technology available in different countries. Apart from Faria, the delegation included representatives from the ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, two ministers from the Federal Court, as well as Jair Bolsonaro’s secretary for strategic affairs, Flávio Rocha.
The itinerary includes Sweden, Finland, South Korea, Japan and China, where the Brazilian delegation plans to meet with authorities as well as chief executives of major companies in the 5G technology sector. After arriving in Sweden on Wednesday (4), Faria had a chance to do a videoconference with Borje Ekholm, chief executive at Ericsson, and company representatives in Brazil, Eduardo Ricotta.
In addition, a delegation of Brazilian ministers met Marcus Wallenberg, whose family business empire includes ownership in Ericsson and AstraZeneca. Even though the meeting was primarily about 5G, Faria took the opportunity to ask the Swedish billionaire to convey Brazil’s need for more AstraZeneca doses. Covid-19 vaccine to the board of directors of a pharmaceutical company.
The agenda also includes a visit to the Swedish tech giant’s headquarters in Stockholm, followed by demonstrations and a visit to the company’s 5G prototyping center. In addition, the Brazilian delegation met with the Swedish Minister of Energy Infrastructure and Digital Development. Anders Ygeman.
Yesterday, the group left for Finland, to visit a Nokia facility in Helsinki and meet with the company’s chief executive, Pekka Lundmark. The agenda includes a meeting with the Finnish Minister of Communications and Transport, Timo Harakka, as well as the minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari.
The entire list with the names of organizations to be visited was not disclosed by the communications ministry, but it is likely that the South Korean visit will involve a meeting with Samsung, and it NEC and Fujitsu must be on the list for Japan travel, too Huawei in China, which is the ultimate destination of whistlestop tourism.
According to Brazilian authorities, the lessons learned from the trip are expected to inform a faster process around the auction for fifth-generation technology, which is expected to be completed in 60 days. The visit comes right after Bolsonaro’s office released a number of requirements for the 5G auction, which includes the creation of a private government network, which was mentioned in a data collection last week.
The new private network request, to be launched by the winning bidder, was introduced as a way of dealing with Bolsonaro’s resistance to Huawei’s participation in 5G as an equipment provider for operators. Local telcos are taking up arms over the new requirements, which will add billions to the overall cost of implementing 5G in Brazil. However, Faria issued threats before departing on his global tour, saying the government could raise the price of 5G licenses if the company refuses to comply.
The son-in-law of famous Brazilian TV presenter Faria was sworn in in June 2020, when Bolsonaro reshaped the Ministry of Communications (which since 2016 has been part of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation), to focus on agendas such as the country’s upcoming 5G auction.
National data protection authorities announced preliminary plans
That Brazil’s National Data Protection Authority (ANPD, in Portuguese acronym) has announced its initial plans and strategies for the period between 2021-2023.
Published on Monday (1), the document outlines the strategic objectives of the authorities: the creation of a culture of personal data protection in Brazil, as well as the establishment of a regulatory environment for the protection of personal data, and improved conditions for compliance with the country’s General Data Protection Regulation, introduced in November 2020.
As part of the objectives around the first strategic objective, action will include the creation of an agenda for educational events and workshops around the theme, as well as guidance related to data protection and research, to be carried out through strategic partnerships.
In addition, the ANPD strategy will also include establishing procedures and mechanisms for handling data protection incidents and complaints, as well as structural measures for the authorities themselves, such as securing an “adequate and adequate” budget, as well as a physical office. and personnel.
Looking ahead: Brazil discusses the right to be forgotten
On Wednesday (3), the Federal Supreme Court continues the trial that can decide Brazil’s decision on right to be forgotten – a person’s right not to allow something that happens at any point in his life to be exposed to the general public indefinitely. This case centers around murder Aida stole it in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s, which was the subject of a Brazilian television program in 2004 that used his image, without his family’s consent.
The right to be forgotten, which also includes the right to remove information from online search engines, is in practice a controversial concept, as it involves different nuances of freedom of expression and the right to privacy, and also raises issues such as risk. censorship and attempts to rewrite history. Supreme Court Minister Dias Toffoli said the right to be forgotten was “not in accordance with the Constitution”, if it was linked to “facts or data that are true and legally obtained and published in analog or digital media”.
The Brazilian tech industry opposes a decision in favor of the right to be forgotten: the Brazilian Federation of Information Technology Companies Associations (Assessmentpro) has the view that the move could prompt a series of lawsuits, as well as issues surrounding forcing the platform to “blacklist” information that cannot be provided: the association believes that this will limit the right to access information. The trials will resume next week.