The Daily Beat

Premiere DateMar 19, 2013
Categories Culture Politics Talk
00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:39 Top Story
01:57 Shugo Tokumaru Balloon
07:46 World News
08:38 PROMO
08:56 In Other News
09:56 Ducktails Ivy Covered House
13:24 Finish

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The Daily Beat is a daily news podcast inspired by the power of social media to spark social change. Tune in Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. as BTR’s social media director, DJ Jen, culls the “Twitterverse” and “blogosphere” to bring you the top stories regarding social justice and human rights issues.

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Today The Raw Story ran an article from The Christan Science Monitor titled “Cyberattack on Florida election website points to broad vulnerabilities in the system.”

The article reads:

Over a 2-1/2 week period last July, more than 2,500 online “phantom requests” for absentee ballots were made to Miami-Dade County election headquarters, marking the first known cyberattack on a US election.

The fake requests for ballots targeted the Aug. 14 statewide primary and included requests for Democratic ballots in one congressional district and Republican ballots in two state House districts, according to a recent Miami Herald report.

The fake requests were done so clumsily that they were red-flagged and did not foul up the election. In any case, they would not have been enough to change the outcome. But now confirmed as the first cyberattack aimed at election fraud, the incident is further evidence that the vote-counting process is vulnerable, particularly as elections become more reliant on the Internet.


Today Amnesty International published an article titled “First trial of former head of state offers hope of justice.”

The article reads:

The trial of Guatemala’s ex-president General Efraín Ríos Montt and his former head of military intelligence Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez – due to start on Tuesday 19 March – marks a long-awaited opportunity for justice for the victims of crimes against humanity committed against Guatemala’s Mayan communities, Amnesty International said today.

In 1999, a UN-backed truth commission found that during Guatemala’s 36-year internal armed conflict (1960-1996) some 200,000 people – over 80 per cent of whom were of Mayan descent – were killed or disappeared, and that genocide had occurred.


Today Queerty published an article titled “NJ Senate Panel Passes Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy.

The article reads:

Following a three-hour hearing in Trenton Monday night, a New Jersey Senate panel approved a bill that would ban psychiatrists, social workers and family therapists from “engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under 18 years of age.”

The bill passed the Senate’s health committee with a vote of 7-1 with two abstentions.

A petition to ban gay “conversion therapy” in the state – started by Jacob Rudolph, whose coming-out video went viral earlier this year — has garnered over 100,000 signatures.

Here’s Jacob’s infamous coming-out speech.