From enabling mass incursions of privacy, to connecting terrorists and paedophiles, to facilitating cybercrime and lending anonymity to bullies and trolls, the net has a darker side, which needs to be tackled, writes Thorbjørn Jagland.
A European agency to fight against rising levels of online crime. That is the topic of a proposal tabled by the European Commission on Wednesday.
Europe's cyber crime center will specifically target severe organized e-crimes such as frauds involving credit cards or online child sexual exploitation.
Fighting against identity theft and protecting social network profiles will also be priority. This top-level European policy authority already has a special unit dedicated to cybercrime and to monitoring possible online terrorist activities.