One Citizen, One Vote? How amateur. Chicago used "Vote Early, Vote Often" and election vote counts easily exceeded the population. Just because someone's address was their parish cemetery was no reason to not count their vote...
Let's say a vendor decides to side with the public - and creates a lock screen with 2 keys - an "Unlock" and "Brick NOW" code. The brick code does more than just brick the device - it sets it to "stolen"; wipes the cloud backup copies, secure wipes the SIM and local memory... effectively rendering it useless - even to "sell" after the evidence expiration date.
Now what do they do? Does the government make such a lock screen illegal? Does Bricking your device become a new illegal activity? How far are they going to push?
... what is it they are investing in? USA has now fallen out of the top 20 countries in internet speed. They aren't investing in actual technological prowess or advancement here. They are dropping copper, dropping fiber (while bitching about google fiber), and only seem to be interested in investment in high-profit high-cost-to-the-consumer capped wireless.
Competition breeds advancement. Advancement enables innovation. Innovation creates new opportunities for growth and competition. Too many legacy industries are fighting against that vicious cycle.
Apparently, all that really matters is keeping wall street happy with fat profit margins.
..is that they never asked technologists for suggestions to move into the Digital World.
Here's a quick example:
Given that subscriptions NEVER fully covered the cost of producing and distribution, then we have to ask what they did.
They provided a metric used to set advertising rates - the number of unique addresses (street) that subscribed. Not the number of readers. The digital world provides the same (and more) information for free - the number of unique addresses (IP) that 1) return daily; 2) return multiple times per day; 3) are new; 4) read Sunday only. These numbers could also be used the same way to set advertising rates. Of course, there would have to be more than 2 ads shown every 30 seconds.
Analysis of the on-line activity would provide instant feedback on what articles/news/items were actually of interest. You really had no clue when you threw 40 pages out there of what was actually read. The web gives you that insight - and could certainly be an indicator of where to expend resources to garner more hits, higher metrics, higher rates.
Customer inclusion would foster even more growth. Social sharing increases number of new IP hits.
But no - we're gonna block feedback, add costs, add malware, and demand the Good Old Days back.
And if this stands, then how many other governments can just declare wealthy people in the US as guilty under their laws and seize their assets? That's one way to go after facebook, google, whatsapp, and all the others they don't like.