The Internet Computer Dashboard aims to provide information and transparency in four major areas: decentralization, governance, tokenomics, and transaction history.
For DFINITY, decentralization is a foundational pillar on what the Internet Computer blockchain hopes to achieve. The IC Dashboard gives us a clear visual representation of what decentralization means to our product, by plotting each node machine, data center, and various other information along an interactive map.
Clicking and dragging the map, as well as zooming in and out, will allow you to focus on specific areas for details about the nodes, data centers, and node providers.
Under the Network tab of the navigation bar, you can pull up list views of the current Subnets, Data Centers, Node Providers, and Nodes. Each of these will further breakdown the specific location and connected details for the registered node machines and those who manage them.
For instance, each node provider showcases the status, subnet, and data center owner of each of their machines. Each Subnet is broken down into their respective finalization rate, cycle burn rate, and canisters.
Using the Network tab is useful for gaining an understanding of how the IC is broken down, right down to coordinates and machines. In doing so, we hope to ensure as much transparency for the system as possible.
For updates on new releases and subnet upgrades, the Releases tab will keep you up to date on all of the changes and proposals that have been implemented in reverse chronological order.
There are details on which subnets were affected, brief descriptions of what has been affected, and the exact time/date that these releases were executed.
The Governance page of the IC Dashboard gives a plethora of information on voting, rewards, and proposals over time. At first glance, the graphs will show the estimated annualized rewards based on specific dissolve delays, as well as the voting power and participation over time between the DFINITY Foundation and the Internet Computer Association.
Anyone can stake ICP utility tokens inside the Network Nervous System to earn new ICP in the form of voting rewards. When ICP is staked, it creates a neuron that can vote on proposals that update, manage, and configure the network, which can be set to automatically execute if needed.
Underneath these specifics on Voting Rewards, we can also view all of the Proposals in reverse chronological order. At first glance you can view the title, ID, and status of recent proposals.
Using the “+” icon on an individual proposal will give you information on when it was created, the reward status and weight, and who submitted the proposal.
By clicking on the proposal ID, we can view even more details about the type of proposal, voting history, and exact breakdown of those who have voted Yes/No. Towards the end of the page, there is also a collection of larger neurons such as the DFINITY and Internet Computer neurons and how they have voted.
Be sure to head over to the NNS Dapp to vote yourself!
The Neurons page of the IC Dashboard provides us with an extensive history of staking in the system. Once ICP utility tokens have been staked, they can begin to earn rewards and participate in the governance system. In order to unlock and withdraw the tokens, a token holder must completely dissolve their neuron. The period of time over which this occurs is called a “dissolve delay.” Token holders can increase a dissolve delay at any time, but neurons will always dissolve in real time.
On this Neurons page, there is a breakdown of the total staked neurons, as well as graphs separated by Dissolving or Not Dissolving, broken down by the length of their dissolve delay.
Underneath these, there is a distinct section titled Neurons that breaks down the State, Staked ICP, Dissolve Delay, Dissolve Date, Age, Date Created, and any bonuses or rewards that neuron may have accumulated over time.
Clicking on an individual neuron will give you their estimated rewards as well, and show you how changing the dissolve delay would affect that neuron’s rewards.
On the page titled Circulation, we can see various graphs on ICP trends since Genesis. The first graph shows the inflation of voting rewards, plotting the Actual vs. the Projected over time over the course of the next 8 years.
Underneath that, we can see the Total Rewards separated into Dispersed Rewards, Undispersed Rewards, and Node Provider Rewards. Dragging the gray slider at the bottom of the graph will change the timeframe that you’re viewing, which is helpful for those looking for more specific time periods rather than the overarching trend.
For those interested in specifics on ICP, there are also charts for both the Total ICP Burned, and the circulating vs. uncirculating ICP Supply since Genesis.
The ICP Transactions page is a real-time log of all purchases and transfers of ICP. Purchasing ICP through an exchange or transferring ICP between hardware wallets will cause this page to populate with that transaction information. Each transaction is given its own specific hash, and is logged with the appropriate sender ID, receiver ID, amount, fee, and timestamp. All of the information provided is easily accessible and crucial for transparency.