This past quarter Howard Dean took in $15 million in mostly small-dollar donations, breaking the previous record of $10.3 million and out raising his rivals by more than three to one. How did he do it? By practicing what his quirky campaign manager calls "open source politics" over the internet to create a fervent base of nearly half a million supporters. We are discovering that when grassroots go online, web applications can govern the future of our political system. In this presentation we will discuss the web technologies being used in this election cycle and their future in our participatory democracy.