Amid Corona Chaos, Brazil Quietly Passes 5G Regulations

The document places Brazil's technology sector equidistant from its two biggest trading partners: the USA and China – and their respective tech industry leaders.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a curious turn of events, General Augusto Heleno, head of Brazil's Presidential Institutional Security Office (GSI), abruptly returned to work last week, a scant five days after testing positive for Covid-19.

Conspicuously not wearing a protective mask, nor keeping the recommended 1.5-meter distance from his colleagues, his first act on this premature return was low-profile but consequential.

Reference to Brazil's Federal Register reveals that the retired general almost immediately signed an ordinance defining the terms of the cybersecurity requirements for the adoption of fifth-generation (5G) wireless communication networks . . .

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Scott Salmon is a geographer, city planner, and urbanist who writes about cities and contemporary urban issues – in Rio and internationally. A New Zealander by birth, he has lived and worked in cities across the globe. Now, after a long spell in New York City, he is at home in Rio de Janeiro. You can follow him on Twitter: @globalscotto.