Liveblogging FP's big day

We're taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you live coverage of two major events FP is hosting in Washington today.

Starting in a few minutes at the Newsweum, the FP Group is cohosting a day-long strategic forum with the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, titled, “Transformational Trends 2013 and Beyond."

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will deliver opening remarks. Director of Policy Planning  Jake Sullivan, and his predecessors David Gordon, Morton Halperin, Dennis Ross, and Jim Steinberg will discuss transformational trends and the biggest challenges facing U.S. foreign policy from a historical perspective.

U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will deliver the lunchtime keynote address, entitled “U.S. National Security Priorities in a Transforming World." Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, two of FP's 2012 Global Thinkers, will also be in attendance.

Other speakers will include Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Robert Hormats, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Carlos Pascual, and acting Under Secretary of Energy  and Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs David Sandalow. The day's discussions will include "Beyond The Arab Spring...Living in an Era of Upheaval," "Changing Global Resource Realities," and "The New Economic Sources of Power."

We're also thrilled to announce that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver a keynote address at 5 p.m.

My colleague Uri Friedman and I will be here throughout the day, bringing you the highlights from the discussions and speeches. Then, at 6 p.m., we'll head across the Mall for the third annual FP Global Thinkers Gala. More than 40 of the thinkers from our list will be in attendance, hosted this year at the Hirshhorn Museum, which is also currently featuring an exhibit by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (No. 26). We'll have more coverage of the gala later in the day, including live discussions by the thinkers themselves and a special video message from Ai himself. You can also follow the event on Twitter at #FPGlobalThinkers.

Stay tuned!


Anonymous threatens Morsy with cyberwarfare

Members of the amorphous hacker collective known as "Anonymous" released a video on YouTube Tuesday warning Egyptian president Mohamed Morsy that he risks cyberwarfare unless he relinquishes his claim to extrajudicial powers.

In the video, titled Anonymous #OpEgypt, a figure wearing the group's signature Guy Fawkes mask threatens cyberattacks against the Egyptian government as well as Morsy personally:

"Dr Morsy has repeatedly shown his lack of care about the core values of democracy...Now, he is gradually grasping more and more authoritarian power in his hands...To Dr. Morsy: Anonymous will not sit by and watch you washing away what thousands of Egyptians got killed and injured for...when you ignore this message, not only will we attack your organizations and websites; Anonymous will make sure you stand exposed against your people as well as the international community...we are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive, we do not forget. Expect us."

This isn't Anonymous' first warning to the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egyptian government. In a video released on Nov. 7, the group announced that it would shut down the official Brotherhood website; a threat which was carried out a few days later.

Anonymous played an important role in the original 2011 Egyptian uprising against then-president Hosni Mubarak, when it successfully targeted a number of government websites and provided technical support to activists during a government-instituted Internet blackout.

Anonymous' other recent notable attempt at targeted "hacktivism" in the Middle East occurred during the conflict in Gaza earlier this month, when it claimed to have defaced 10,000 Israeli websites and released the personal data of 5,000 Israeli government officials in a press statement. Israeli officials confirmed that the government had deflected over 44 million cyberattacks, but maintained that only one website was briefly shut down.

Cyberattacks have emerged as a popular form of activism in recent Middle Eastern conflicts, especially the Syrian uprising, which has prompted hacking attempts by pro and anti-regime groups. In August, hackers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad targeted Reuters and Al Jazeera, while an opposition group released what they claimed were over 3,000 personal emails between Assad and his wife in March. 

Although it's unclear how much damage Anonymous and other cyberactivists have actually inflicted on the governments and institutions they target, anyone who has ever had their computer freeze at an inconvenient moment can sympathize with what's potentially in store for Morsy. Given the protests currently blazing across Egypt, it's hard to imagine a more inopportune time for him to experience technical difficulties.