Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin Urges for Regulatory Shake-Up

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin argues current cryptocurrency regulations hurt good projects while letting scams flourish.

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  • Vitalik Buterin has called out current crypto regulations.
  • Buterin has proposed a fix that rewards projects with value.
  • Finding common ground between regulators and the crypto industry remains key.

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, a leading blockchain platform, has reignited the conversation on cryptocurrency regulation. Buterin expressed his dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, arguing it incentivizes bad actors while hindering legitimate projects.

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Buterin’s critique centers on a key issue: regulations that unintentionally favor vague or speculative crypto projects over those with clear-cut goals and defined utility.


Buterin stated on Warpcast, a social media platform built on the Farcaster protocol, “The main challenge is that useless projects or those promising nebulous returns face no repercussions, while projects offering transparency and outlining value propositions get labeled as securities and become bogged down by regulations.”

This situation, which Buterin termed “anarcho-tyranny,” creates a breeding ground for scams and hype within the cryptocurrency space. Unregulated bad actors flourish, while projects with genuine potential struggle to navigate a complex and unclear regulatory landscape.

In the past, Buterin has proposed a three-pronged approach to address this issue: limiting leverage within the crypto ecosystem, mandating audits and transparency for projects, and potentially implementing knowledge tests for users – though the specifics of how such tests would be implemented remain unclear.

Ethereum’s Buterin Prioritizes Utility Over Hype

The problem is further compounded by the United States’ dominant role in the cryptocurrency space. With a vast user base, the U.S. wields significant influence, yet its regulatory approach towards cryptocurrency is often seen as inconsistent and lacking clear guidelines.


For Buterin, the ideal solution flips the script on current regulations. “Instead of protecting projects without a long-term vision, regulations should make it riskier to issue tokens without a clear justification for their value proposition,” he argues.

Ultimately, Buterin emphasizes the need for collaboration between regulators and the cryptocurrency industry. Only through good-faith engagement on both sides can a framework be established that fosters innovation while protecting users from bad actors.

On the Flipside

  • Determining a clear and universally accepted definition of “utility” for a cryptocurrency can be subjective and complex.
  • Implementing user knowledge tests could create barriers to entry for new users, limiting accessibility and hindering mainstream adoption.

Why This Matters

If Buterin’s vision prevails, the crypto landscape could transform from rewarding speculation to prioritizing projects with demonstrably useful applications. This shift would incentivize innovation with real-world value, potentially attracting broader user adoption and legitimizing the entire cryptocurrency market.

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.