Bitshares is a software, network and ledger; an open-source blockchain platform that provides its users with an entirely decentralized financial ecosystem that includes exchange and banking. It is a distributed multi-user database with update permissions managed by a defined set of rules and public key cryptography. BitShares provides the best, fastest and trustless money/currency in the world, with a Delegated Proof-of-Stake consensus and a built-in decentralized exchange, used for blockchain consensus incentives. The BitShares ledger is built on a highly distributed network, that is fully transparent, and secured by the latest cryptography. BitShares is processing transactions for a fee and the profits from this business are shared with the shareholders via stock buybacks. BitShares database tracks ownership of shares known as BTS that allow people to issue their stock or debt to be tracked and traded on its distributed ledger. The highly liquid BTS used as collateral allows BitShares depositors to have a direct claim on. With BitShares different assets can be used as money including BTS, BitUSD, BitGold, and BitSilver, that are fungible, divisible, transportable, and impossible to counterfeit. BitShares is a global community with thousands of people where all dispute resolution and law enforcement is managed in an entirely non-violent manner by leveraging smart contracts, bonds, insurance, and other systems on the BitShares ledger. BitShares is one of the most important tools that any community can use to secure their freedom.