November 23, 2019 Protestors in Hong Kong, Beirut, and Tehran report limited utility for cryptocurrencies.

While a potential advantage of cryptocurrencies is being accessible by marginalized or de-platformed groups, protestors globally reported a limited use for crypto due to a lack of local exchange infrastructure to convert to fiat and inconsistent internet access from state-controlled ISPs. The lack of internet connection inhibits the use of tools such as the Blockstream satellite, which operates a full node from space. Further, LocalBitcoins did not report a spike in P2P exchanges in protest areas.