Technology Fights Crime


Two years ago, when entrepreneur Federico Vega launched a startup offering Uberlike services for the freight industry, the trucking business in Brazil was in the midst of a wave of cargo theft. Across Brazil, but especially in Rio de Janeiro, crime was soaring, as is typical in a recession, with armed gangs robbing one truck every 50 minutes in Rio. While More...

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On March 22, 2018

Brazil Enters Space Industry

US companies eager to tap into the fast-growing market for low-cost satellite launches could become the first customers when Brazil’s Alcântara space center in the state of Maranhão opens as a commercial More...

The Santo Antônio dam on the Madeira River. Credit: Brazil’s Growth Acceleration Program (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento)
On January 5, 2018
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Government Suspends Mega-Dams

In a surprise move, the Brazilian government has announced that the era of building big hydroelectric dams in the Amazon basin, long criticized by environmentalists and indigenous groups, is ending. “We are not More...

Fernando Henrique Cardoso
On November 19, 2017
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Order and Progress

In the book “The Accidental President,” a memoir by Brazil’s former president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, there is a story about one of Brazil’s many mysteries. At least it’s always been a More...

On November 18, 2017

Supreme Court Fights Corruption

It would be difficult these days to find anyone who isn’t tired of corruption in Brazil. While it is every individual’s responsibility to be honest, there is a steadfast ethical standard in all countries More...

On October 1, 2017

Free Training from Facebook

This week Facebook launched its first innovation center in the world. Based in São Paulo, Facebook’s center, known as Estação Hack, was created with the mission of fostering local talent by providing free More...

On September 22, 2017

Russian Hacking Mystery Solved

When Russia created Facebook profiles of fake Americans to influence the 2016 American election, it could make up fake names and biographical details, but it needed photos, too. Now a salesman in Brazil has stepped More...

On September 1, 2017

Business Gets Smart

Marcio Kumruian opened a shoe store with his cousin in an empty part of a São Paulo parking garage in 2000. What started as a word-of-mouth operation serving the university next door eventually moved to a mall More...

On August 21, 2017

A Girl’s Dream of Outer Space

Eleven-year-old Anna Paulla Kelly Moura is sure that one day someone from her neighborhood will go into space. “One day,” she says. Anna Paulla lives in Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro. Given More...

On August 2, 2017

Não Means No

By Nathalia Vargas Not once in my teenage years have I felt disfavored for being a woman. Contrarily, a young woman like myself was expected to succeed academically, practice sports, experiment with the arts, More...