Buterin, OmiseGo Boycotting CoinDesk's Consensus 2018 Conference

Buterin, OmiseGo Boycotting CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018 Conference

Listing out a series of grievances on Twitter, Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin has declared he will be “boycotting” CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018 conference. CoinDesk editor Pete Rizzo has responded resolutely in kind, contesting the fairness of Buterin’s boycott and saying that “years of good faith work” is being ignored. To top it all off, the OmiseGo team has now said it will be joining Buterin’s protest. 

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Buterin Asks Others to Stay Home, Too

The episode began after Buterin encouraged denizens in the cryptoverse to boycott CoinDesk’s upcoming Consensus 2018 conference, saying firstly that the exchange had been irresponsible for having linked to “giveaway scams” in the past, including in one of its recent, since-rectified pieces on OmiseGo (OMG).

He noted that he’d warned against such errors in the past:

Secondly, Buterin contested as “sensationalist” CoinDesk’s coverage of Ethereum Improvement Proposal 999, the EIP that would’ve made whole the funds lost from the Parity library incident last year  Coincidentally, Parity just announced earlier today that they wouldn’t be seeking a hard fork, effectively putting EIP 999 to rest for good.

Thirdly, the young face of Ethereum also accused CoinDesk of having trap-like reporting policies:

And, lastly, Buterin said he won’t participate in the “rent seeking” costs of Consensus 2018:

The comments unsurprisingly set off an explosion of debate and punditry in the space, with CoinDesk editor Pete Rizzo quickly jumping into the rhetorical fray.

CoinDesk Editor Rizzo Pushes Back

Rizzo stood his ground on Twitter as Buterin’s tweets rolled in.

Rizzo pictured.

Rizzo started off by saying Buterin’s charge against CoinDesk, namely being “recklessly complicit” in giveaway scams, was an “absolutely ridiculous” assertion:

The CoinDesk editor defended his newsroom, arguing that everyone at CoinDesk was “acting in good faith”:

Then, Rizzo accused Buterin of resorting to a “bully pulpit move” and said the behavior was beneath the Ethereum co-creator.

He said that CoinDesk “wasn’t perfect” but that he wouldn’t withhold comment in the face of “this kind of bullshit.”

Rizzo later concluded that “I refuse” to be Buterin’s enemy after the initial Twitter frays settled down.

OmiseGo Will Join the Boycott

At the center of the original CoinDesk article that raised Buterin’s ire, the OmiseGo team has now announced on Twitter that they, too, will be joining Buterin in boycotting the Consensus 2018 conference.

The team noted just how high the stakes can be when sources aren’t properly vetted.

We’ll have to wait and see in the coming days if more parties will follow suit or if the episode will blow over from here.

What’s your take? Do you agree or disagree with the Consensus 2018 boycott? Let us know what you think in the comments below. 


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