The following is a version of the talk which I gave to ConConUK on February 23rd 2004. I've left it pretty much in the form of a speech, but cut out some of the queues for myself. I've also added in some extra little bits of info which are useful, but which could not be squeezed into the original five minute slot.
The other alteration I'd like to say is that this talk is not 'anti digital democracy'. By working full time on mySociety I hope that I have done all necessary to prove that I believe passionately that the net has an important a rapidly evolving civic and democratic roll. But at the same time, if we are to learn from our mistakes, we must admit and analyse them.