Following a recent flurry of expensive reports claiming insights into aspects of digital infrastructure provision and use, it is time to remind readers of the ‘last law of averages’.
The oft-quoted ‘Law of Averages’ is, of course, a statistical nonsense usually deployed in the cause of ‘advanced wishful thinking’. Our version highlights a darker side. Over-reliance on averaged data means that your understanding of the data will be less than adequate – you might say, ‘below average’!
‘The devil is in the detail’ is a common complaint. With great successes (and failures) hidden under the average blanket, the risks for policy developers are huge – and often followed by ‘unintended consequences’.
Fortunately the digital economy is gradually eliminating the need for the bland summary reports lacking essential insights. It is becoming altogether easier to provide the data packaged with the tools for its exploration and in-depth analysis.