By Jonathan Liedl

Federico Parra
An employee inspects computers used to mine Bitcoins at the mining showroom of the Doctorminer company in Caracas on August 18, 2021. In a Venezuela with ridiculously low electricity costs, mining cryptocurrencies has become a very profitable business, albeit a target for extortion.

Where some see opportunities to protect the integrity of wealth and aid struggling nations, others warn about speculation, predation and instability.

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