Vitalik Buterin Boycotts CoinDesk's Consensus Conference 2018

Vitalik Buterin Boycotts CoinDesk’s Consensus Conference 2018

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has recently boycotted CoinDesk’s Consensus Conference 2018.

The 24-year-old Canadian-Russian programmer tweeted yesterday that he would be boycotting CoinDesk’s Consensus Conference this year and that he would recommend the others to do the same for multiple reasons. Check his tweets out:

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One of the main reasons behind is boycott is CoinDesk’s involvement in giveaway scams. He feels that they are complicit in enabling them. Vitalik points out one of the latest articles CoinDesk published about OMG which links to a giveaway scam.

As you can see in his tweet below, he already warned the media publicly to be careful about such posts.

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The second reason—out of four genuine reasons—he gave for boycotting the conference was CoinDesk’s coverage of EIP 999. He found it terrible and highly sensationalized. The article claimed that the blockchain would split while it was clear that EIP 999 was far from being accepted. He adds that this is one of the reasons why “pundits need to be replaced by prediction markets” as soon as possible.

Vitalik pointed out that earlier, Péter Szilágyi tweeted about how CoinDesk asked him questions about EIP 999 but went ahead and published the article before receiving his answers. Check Péter Szilágyi’s tweet out:

Péter Szilágyi CoinDesk Tweet

Obviously disappointed, he asks CoinDesk, “Seriously, is speed really that much more important to you than accuracy?”

He then went ahead and complained about their reporting policies saying that things are on the record unless you go through a request/approval process—even if you explicitly mention that some part of it is off the record. This was the third reason for him to boycott the conference.

The last reason he gave for boycotting CoinDesk’s Consensus Conference 2018 was that the conference costs 2,000 to 3,000 USD to attend, which, according to Vitalik isn’t justified.

Charles Hoskinson, the CEO of IOHK, supported Vitalik by announcing that he wouldn’t be attending the conference as well.

Charles Hoskinson CoinDesk Tweet

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It was when he was pursuing his graduation in Computer Science that he found his flair for writing about new and existing technologies. He likes researching about technologies and how they could help people. Currently, he works as the Content Manager at CoinFrenzy, a leading blockchain news, and media publication website.