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Can Tech Experts Save the ­.s. Postal Service?


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A postal employee sorts mail at a postal facility in Capitol Heights, MD.

Credit: Melina Mara / The Washington Post

Some of the folks responsible for developing and promoting e-mail, e-commerce and social media are banding together in an attempt to save the U.S. Postal Service, the institution arguably most threatened by the technological developments of the past few years.

As mail volume continues to plummet and more Americans use the Internet to pay bills and keep in touch, Google executives, social media experts and some of the most passionate tech evangelists are planning to meet at the PostalVision 2020 conference in mid-June to sort out how to save and remake the nation's mail delivery service. Google's Vint Cerf and BuzzMachine.com blogger Jeff Jarvis will speak at the conference.

USPS anticipates losing about $7 billion during the fiscal year that ends in September and is in the process of eliminating 7,500 postmaster and administrative positions to save money.

From The Washington Post
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