Chartwell Strategy Group represents China’s iFlytek, which has been linked to the police crackdown on the mostly Muslim Uighur community living in the western Xinjiang region of the country.
The Financial Times reported that US universities are reconsidering research ties with iFlytek, China’s “national champion” in artificial intelligence, due to the mistreatment of the Uighurs.
Rutgers University severed its link with the company in April, while the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is re-examining its partnership with the maker of voice recognition software and voice-based internet & mobile products.
As subcontractor to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Chartwell will receive from $30K to $50K per month for strategic communications counsel.
The goal is to explain the "uses of iFlytek's technologies for the education, health and communications industries," according to its federal filing.
Chartwell may engage in political activities for iFlytek and conduct media outreach. Matt Epperly, managing director of Chartwell, and Alyse Lavoie rep the AI company.
They report to Elizabeth Moeller, who heads Pillsbury’s public policy group.