US Information Manipulation Detection Startup Expands to Bucharest, Focusing on Electoral Campaigns

Chenope, a US tech startup founded in 2015 and specializing in building mathematical models of complex information, has opened a research and development center in Romania, in Bucharest. The technology developed by Chenope detects unusual behavior in large data sets that could indicate attempts to manipulate, distort or contaminate information, with applications including election campaigns.
Elizabeth Charnock is the CEO of Chenope, while the Romanian office is led by Alexandru Răzvan Căciulescu. Before joining Chenope, Căciulescu was a senior engineer at UiPath, the first Romanian unicorn, with revenues now exceeding $1 billion. He is a graduate and master’s student in computer science at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Faculty of Automation and Computer Science. The new Romanian Chenope team includes several other UiPath employees, as well as PhDs in robotics, physics and computer engineering.
“The challenges of the activity that Chenope carries out in cutting-edge fields – from the heterogeneous fusion of sensors to combating coordinated disinformation – were impossible for me to refuse. I’m looking forward to further developing our new team,” says Căciulescu.
The company is 100% employee owned. All the members of the management originally have a technical training, among them being Dumitru Cristian Trancă, university assistant at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Faculty of Automation and Computers.
Using its own algorithms, Chenope says it was able to determine that in a US presidential election, the vast majority of widely repeated messages against the Republican candidate came from just four individual accounts.
Thus, the technology developed by the startup can, according to its representatives, detect in the campaigns cases of inauthentic coordinated activity against the candidate, which is not properly labeled as being associated with a political organization.
It can also detect individual accounts that are not what they say or who they claim to be, show how some accounts collaborate, and reveal untruthful or coordinated behavior on forums. The goal is to educate the public and combat suspicious activity.
Alexandru R?zvan C?ciulescuBucharestCEOChenopedetectionelectoral campainsinformation manipulationofficePolitehnica University of BucharestRomaniastartupUiPathUS
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  • Panagiotis Spyridis

    The SRI should keep a close eye on these people.